Hong Kong


Launched in May 2021, Art Basel Live includes Online Viewing Rooms, in which galleries present exceptional artworks online; behind-the-scenes insights; and compelling Conversations featuring world-class artworld figures.

Unfolding on Art Basel's digital platforms concurrently to our physical shows, Art Basel Live allows you to experience the fair in real time. Stay tuned for exclusive content from our Hong Kong fair.

Art Basel has joined forces with M+ for our first co-commission project to showcase The Shape of Light, a site-specific moving image work by Hong Kong–based moving image pioneer Ellen Pau. Premiered on May 20 to coincide with Art Basel Hong Kong 2022, the work is currently displayed on the M+ Facade every evening from 7pm to 9pm through Sunday, 19 June 2022, and then from 7pm to 9pm on weekends in July and August.

Using animated special effects, the performance video features a renowned scripture in Buddhism, the Heart Sutra, with the artist finding connections between the sutra and the energies of Hong Kong. The video meditates on the spiritual concept of ‘form is emptiness, emptiness is form’, expressed through sign language and other ritual gestures. Core natural elements including fire, water, and light are incorporated, rendering an awe-inspiring digital production.

During Art Basel Hong Kong 2022, dedicated events will be co-presented in a hybrid capacity by Art Basel and M+, including a special screeningan artist talk that elaborates on the artwork and artistic process, and a captivating live sound performance with a visualreading of the sutra.

The Shape of Light, co-commissioned by Art Basel and M+, supported by the Lead Partner UBS

This year, Art Basel invites three local artists – Cherie Cheuk Ka-wai, Stephen Wong Chun-hei, and Shum Kwan-yi – to showcase their works on the exteriors of trams, one of the most iconic transport systems in Hong Kong.

Meandering along the streets of Hong Kong, the three trams serve as moving canvases that capture the artists’ vivid imagination and experience of the city’s nostalgic landscapes and endearing everyday scenes, engaging with the public and their own memories of Hong Kong.

This project is commissioned by Art Basel, whose Lead Partner is UBS, and co-presented by Hong Kong Tourism Board.

Art Basel Live: Hong Kong - Partner