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April 2, 2009

Art to Come By

Debaucherous late nights, raucous sporting events, manic lunchtime eateries. . . all part of the charm of Hong Kong, and there’s certainly enough to go around. Globally renowned curators, collectors, artists, gallerists, and one of the world’s best collections of art. . . now that’s hard to come by. After the success of its inaugural exhibition last year, ART HK 09 Hong Kong International Art Fair (May 14-17, 2009) is keeping Hong Kong firmly on the international art map with another smashing lineup, presenting an unparalleled opportunity for us to see some of the freshest and most thrilling pieces of work being produced around the world today alongside modern masterpieces from the 20th century. Hang up your South Stand “Tarzan and Jane” costumes and bring out your spectacles and an open mind, we’re going to the art fair!

International Superstars
Whether you’re a budding art aficionado, a first time buyer, a serious collector or just want to get a taste of the contemporary art world, you’re sure to find inspiration at this year’s exhibition. Hosting over 110 crème de la crème galleries from 24 countries, ART HK has positioned itself, not only as the leading showcase of modern and contemporary art in Asia, but as a key fixture on the global art calendar. Exciting new participants for 2009 include Tomio Koyama and SCAI THE BATHHOUSE from Japan, White Cube and Lisson Gallery from London, and the internationally acclaimed Gagosian Gallery and Galleria Continua. Works by world-renowned sculptors including London-based Antony Gormley and Anish Kapoor will be exhibited alongside pieces by leading Asian artists like Ai Weiwei, and Cai Guo-Qiang. Don’t know your contemporary from your avant-garde? Let Hong Kong gallery Para/Site Art Space take you on a complimentary guided tour of the exhibition, with commentary in either English or Cantonese.

Diamonds in the Rough
Turning a sharp eye toward the freshest upcoming talent, this year ART HK 09 will introduce ART FUTURES, an initiative to encourage the presence of innovative, exciting new work at the Fair by enabling galleries under five years old to showcase one or two emerging artists with great potential. As a sounding board for discussion on the prevalent issues in the contemporary art world today, Asia Art Archive will present a series of thought-provoking programmes entitled Backroom Conversations, including panel discussions, talks and screenings with some of the leading experts and practitioners in the field. Vasif Kortun, Director of Platform at Garanti Contemporary Art Center in Istanbul, Frances Morris, Permanent Collections Curator at the Tate Modern, and Uli Sigg, collector of Chinese contemporary art are just a few of the participants in the line-up for this riveting series.

Golden Tickets
Almost as hard to get as Willy Wonka’s golden ones, are tickets to Vernissage on Wednesday May 13 (Tickets HK$500, pre-booking required), ART HK 09’s opening night gala reception, celebrating the start of the festival with the who’s who of the international art world in attendance. From Thursday, May 14 – Sunday, May 17, the exhibition will be open for general admission and tickets have just gone on sale (HK$120 in advance, HK$200 during the fair). Exclusively for Dim Sum & Then Some readers, ART HK 09 has extended a 2-for-1 ticket offer on general admission tickets to the art fair. Readers can call HK Ticketing at 31 288 288 and quote “ART HK 04″ to take advantage of this fantastic offer.

So much to choose from, so little time. . . but then you’ve always been able to pick up the hidden gems!

May 14-17, 2009
May 13 – Vernissage
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Bookings: +852 31 288 288 or

Please note: Maximum 6-tickets per person for special offer. No other discount applies and offer is only valid on general opening tickets 14 – 17 May 2009. Special offer is not available on the HK Ticketing website.

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