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Art Basel 2023 Highlights

Updated: Nov 26, 2023

Art Basel announces the return of an ambitious, full-scale program for its Hong Kong show with 177 galleries from 32 countries and territories – its largest in the city since 2019. Here is a round up of galleries from Hong Kong not to miss.


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Marking its largest show since 2019, the 2023 edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong will welcome 177 galleries from 32 countries and territories across Asia, Europe, North and South America, and Africa, plus the return of all the fair’s special sectors, including Encounters, Kabinett, Conversations, and Film. Over two-thirds of participating galleries have exhibition spaces in the region – with 33 galleries having exhibition spaces in Hong Kong – reinforcing Art Basel’s commitment to showcasing exceptional art from its host city and across Asia and the Asia Pacific.

Dates: 23rd - 25th March

Location: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai


Blindspot Gallery


Blindspot Gallery will be returning to Art Basel Hong Kong 2023, featuring works by Chen Wei, Un Cheng, South Ho Siu Nam, Pixy Liao, Andrew Luk, Kristian Mondrup, Sin Wai Kin, Angela Su, Wang Tuo, Trevor Yeung, and Yeung Tong Lung. Blindspot will participate in Encounters, Art Basel’s presentation of large-scale projects, with Trevor Yeung’s installation Mr. Cuddles Under the Eave(2021), composed of 13 uprooted money trees suspended from the ceiling. Blindspot will also present Angela Su’s Cosmic Call (2019) and Wang Tuo’s The Interrogation (2017) at this year’s Art Basel Film program.


Blindspot Gallery

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Alisan Fine Arts


Alisan Fine Arts is pleased to announce their participation in Art Basel Hong Kong 2023, featuring a curated selection of works by 13 contemporary Chinese artists from internationally known to emerging. With art forms ranging from ink art, oil painting, sculpture, NFT and digital installation, we hope to showcase the diversity of Chinese contemporary art at its best.


Highlights include emerging Hong Kong artist Ngai Wing-Lam, Ant’s surreal landscape; Wei Ligang and Hao Shiming's abstract works inspired by calligraphy; Tai Xiangzhou’s cosmic landscape; Hong Kong artist Hung Keung's B/W digital installation plus his NFTs from the same series. And lastly, ink artist Lin Guocheng's scholar gardens. While Lin is known in mainland China, this is the first time his paintings will be shown at Art Basel Hong Kong.


Alisan Fine Arts

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De Sarthe Gallery


For Art Basel Hong Kong 2023, DE SARTHE is pleased to present Perceptible Escapisms, featuring new works by artists Lin Jingjing, Mak2, Wang Jiajia, Wang Xin, and Zhong Wei. Through visual explorations of the Internet, online culture, and simulated fantasies within intangible worlds, the featured works contemplate the evolution of existence in the technological era. With the rapid development of new technology and the constant influx of new information, living - or escaping - in the metaverse has become a source of inspiration as well as a creative tool for artists.

In an age of growing socio-economic and cultural complexities, contemporary artists have also developed meta consciousness through which they understand and comment on their surrounding environment - a paradigm in which the fetishization of art has become a form of self-gratification. Through references of the self and interaction with viewers, the featured artists present not only commentary on this phenomenon, but an introspective investigation into the different perceptions of art.


De Sarthe Gallery

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Flowers Gallery


Flowers Gallery is delighted to participate in Art Basel Hong Kong 2023, with a solo presentation by Jakkai Siributr. One of today’s leading Thai artists, Jakkai is known for his intricately handmade tapestries, quilts and installations, which convey powerful responses to contemporary and historical societal issues in South East Asia.


The Outlaw's Flag (2017) is an installation of 21 imagined flags embroidered with beads and fishing nets. Gathered in Sittwe, the materials allude to the displacement of the Rohingyas, the ethnic Muslim minorities in Myanmar, who escaped religious persecution in the city on boats to Ranong, southern Thailand.


These 21 flags of invented nations integrate colors and emblems from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Malaysia and Thailand, referencing the countries implicated in the Rohingya refugee crisis. "A flag in general whether from a country, a sports team or a club is to unite their members. But when religious symbols appear on a flag, it automatically excludes a certain group of people." Siributr says. As well as the assemblage of differently sized, richly colored flags, hung aloft from individual hooks, the installation includes a looping video shot in both Sittwe and Ranong.


Flowers Gallery

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Hauser & Wirth Hong Kong


This year marks Hauser & Wirth Hong Kong’s fifth anniversary. For this year’s Art Basel Hong Kong, the bring together an astounding group of contemporary and historical works by leading gallery artists, including Rita Ackermann, Mark Bradford, George Condo, Nicole Eisenman, Günther Förg, Philip Guston, Roni Horn, Mike Kelley, Takesada Matsutani, Angel Otero, Pipilotti Rist, Pat Steir and Zhang Enli, among others.

Coinciding with the fair around town, Hauser & Wirth’s gallery space presents Rashid Johnson’s first solo exhibition in Asia. Pipilotti Rist has created a brand-new work ‘Hand Me Your Trust’. Commissioned by M+ and supported by Art Basel and UBS, the work will be shown on the M+ Façade.


Hauser & Wirth Hong Kong

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Pearl Lam Galleries


Pearl Lam Galleries is pleased to participate in the Galleries sector of Art Basel Hong Kong 2023. On view is a selection of artworks by artists from the gallery stable to showcase the breadth of the gallery’s aesthetics. Exhibiting artists include Jana Benitez (b. 1985, USA), John Copeland (b. 1976, USA), Mr Doodle (b. 1994, UK), Leonardo Drew (b. 1961, USA), Dale Frank (b. 1959, Australia), Isshaq Ismail (b. 1989, Ghana), Antony Micallef (b. 1975, UK), Zanele Muholi (b. 1972, South Africa), Babajide Olatunji (b. 1989, Nigeria), Cynthia Polsky (b. 1939, USA), Gatot Pujiarto (b. 1970, Indonesia), Qiu Deshu (1948–2020, China), Su Xiaobai (b. 1949, China), Zhu Jinshi (b. 1954, China), and Zhu Peihong (b. 1987, China).


Pearl Lam Gallery

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Pace Gallery


Pace’s presentation will include artworks by key 20th century figures Agnes Martin, Louise Nevelson, Hermann Nitsch, and Robert Rauschenberg exhibited in conversation with works by David Hockney, Loie Hollowell, Kylie Manning, Robert Nava, Joel Shapiro,Arlene Shechet, Kiki Smith, and Rosha Yaghmai. The booth will spotlight Asian artists in Pace’s program, including Song Dong, Qiu Xiaofei, Yin Xiuzhen, and Zhang Xiaogang from China, Yoshitomo Nara fromcoul Japan, and Lee Kun-Yong and Lee Ufan from South Korea.


Booth highlights include Agnes Martin’s late-career painting Tranquility (2000), which the artist produced using acrylic and graphite on canvas, and Untitled (1995), a towering sculpture by Joel Shapiro. Composed of five bronze elements, this work reflects Shapiro’s longstanding investigations of form and movement as well as his intense interest in exploring—and occasionally erasing—the line between abstraction and figuration. A black-painted wooden sculpture created by Louise Nevelson in 1962 and two evocative abstract paintings by Hermann Nitsch, a founder of the Viennese Actionism movement who died last year at age 83, will figure prominently on the gallery’s booth. Pace is presenting the first planned posthumous exhibition dedicated to Nitsch’s expansive practice—spanning painting, performance, photography, music, and other mediums—at its New York gallery from March 17 to April 29.

Pace’s booth at Art Basel Hong Kong will also feature a mixed media sculpture from the Surging Waves Chronicles series by Yin Xiuzhen, whose solo exhibition at Pace’s Hong Kong gallery continues through March 9; a new work from Song Dong’s Usefulness of Uselessness series; Arlene Shechet’s sculpture Together Again: November Thursday (2022), which features abstract forms in glazed ceramic and powder coated steel; and the bronze sculpture Sleeping Girl (2004) by Kiki Smith, who is presenting a solo exhibition at the Seoul Museum of Art through March 19, 2023.


Pace Gallery

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Tang Contemporary

Tang Contemporary Art is proud to present Booth 3C16 at Art Basel Hong Kong 2023, featuring recent works by 14 of the most critical artists in the contemporary art scene, including: Chen Yingjie, Diren Lee, Etsu Egami, Gongkan, Hao Zecheng, Jonas Burgert, Jigger Cruz, Kitti Narod, Luo Zhongli, Qin Qi, Rodel Tapaya, Wang Xiyao, Woo Kukwon, and Yue Minjun. Their works from all across the globe demonstrate the freedom and expressiveness regarding figurative art – a trend quintessential to the stand of individuality and heterogeneity in contemporary art.


Tang Contemporary

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