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March 21, 2016

Paint the Town – DSTS Guide to Art Week 2016

It’s only Monday and the city (and your instagram feed) is already abuzz with art, art and more art. Not sure where to begin? Our top line guide will help you brush up for what promises to be a very colouful week ahead!

Straight to the Art
Art Basel Hong Kong, running from 24 to 26 March, will feature 287 of the world’s premier art galleries, from 33 countries, presenting outstanding works ranging from the early 20th century to the most contemporary artists of today. This diverse collection of paintings, sculptures, installations, videos, and performances will run across four sectors, “Galleries” featuring established modern and contemporary art galleries from around the globe, “Discoveries” a strong showcase of emerging artists, “Insights” dedicated to projects from the Asia-Pacific region, and “Encounters” presenting large-scale sculptural and installation pieces. For the third year running, Art Basel will present a ”Film” sector, a free to attend program curated by Beijing and Zurich-based multi-media artist and producer Li Zhenhua showcased at the Hong Kong Arts Centre’s agnès b. cinema.

Groove Is In the Art
Looking for more groundbreaking events to feed your creative side? Check out the second annual edition of Art Central, (23 to 26 March) an innovative contemporary art fair with a distinctly Asian edge staged in a pop-up designer space on the new Central Harbourfront, which is set to be the social center of art week this year. Headlined by a spectacular Swarovski installation by British-Chinese designer Elaine Yan Ling Ng, Art Central’s ‘First Night’ on Monday 21 March will kick off the week in style, with an evening of art and performance on the harbour. Hotspots within Art Central include a pop up of Hong Kong’s most exciting new eatery, neo-Parisian bistro Belon, the splashy MEDIA X MUMM CHAMPAGNE BAR, the edgy Absolut Art Bar by Limewood, and a street food corner featuring Brickhouse, Beef & Liberty, Bread & Beast, TRI and more. Over at Conrad Hong Kong, the intimate Asia Contemporary Art Show will give you the chance to view and buy original paintings, limited editions, sculpture and photography while meeting and greeting with the artists firsthand (24 to 27 March). A little further afield HK Walls street art festival (21 to 27 March) will be hitting the streets of Sham Shui Po, paying homage to HK’s grassroots arts scene with ongoing outdoor murals and interactive exhibits including a cool collaboration with footwear brand Vans to create the ‘House of Vans’.

Listen to Your Art
Starting Wednesday 23 March, Art Basel’s Conversations and Salon, will offer first-hand access to preeminent leaders in the arts with talks, panels, lectures and performances. A highlight on this year’s calendar will be a discussion with celebrated artist Tracey Emin, Artistic Director of Royal Academy of Arts, London Tim Marlow, and Hong Kong Entrepreneur David Tang on Thursday 24 March at 2pm. Thursday evening will see one of the pinnacles of the week, the hotly anticipated Intelligence Squared debate deliberating whether
“Art Has Sold Out To The Market” or if we are in fact enjoying an artistic renaissance where art is more accessible and exciting than ever. (Tickets: HK$300, www.hkticketing.com).

Total Eclipse of the Art
This year, Art Basel has collaborated with famed Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima to light up skyline with “Time Waterfall” – a light installation, which will be displayed across the entire façade of the 490-metre high ICC tower. The work will feature the numbers one to nine, which will cascade down the face of the ICC, while never reaching zero, symbolizing the continuity of life. Showing 21 to 26 March, intermittently between 7.20pm and 10pm, the best spots to view the installation are the terraces on Podium 3 and 4 of ifc Mall and the harbourfront Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park and Tamar Park. Bring a picnic dinner and a bottle of wine, sit on the grassy lawn and let the lights do the talking.

Eat Your Art Out
Whether it’s hot new restaurant art collaborations or hip bars shaking things up on the scene, here are some inspiring spaces to sip and savour during the fair… At Duddell’s, you’ll have lots of food for thought in between delectable cocktails and dim sum with a solo exhibition of celebrated New York- based artist Maragaret Lee. Then make your way to California Tower for a glimpse of their “Savouring Art” ground floor exhibit by Mr Brainwash, the star of Banksy’s Exit through the Gift Shop, along with Korean bites at Jinjuu or terrace-tastic tipples at Ce La Vi. Now head up to PMQ to try Aberdeen Street Social’s Aroma Project — a multi-sensory afternoon tea in collaboration with food artist Ryan Foote for Gormei Art Month. Thirsty for more? Head to Honi Honi for their “Thai Art Basil” cocktail (complimentary with your Art Basel ticket). Next, slink into The Woods for a series of mind blowing cocktails inspired by famous works of art, before sauntering up to Bibo on Hollywood Road, where you can sip champagne and 1930s cocktails in the presence of inspiring art installations and paintings by some of the world’s most renowned artists including Basquiat, Hirst, Murakami, and Banksy. If you’re after an entire art inspired dinner, look no further than KEE Club where famed Chef Roland will be cooking up a scrumptious and artfully designed feast or delight and surprise the senses with Popsy Modern Kitchen’s Art Basel Tasting Menu. And if the sun finally decides to come out to play, Hotshot, a surf-themed and art-filled burger joint at The Pulse in Repulse Bay by the same owners as Bibo is sure to be the beachside spot to see and be scene.

Art Beat
Just in time for Art Basel, the city’s galleries are upping the ante on their exhibits with groundbreaking, expertly curated shows. Check out: I Cried Because I Love You, Tracey Emin’s first solo exhibition in great China, taking place across both Lehmann Maupin and White Cube galleries from 21 March to 21 May, renowned Korean artist Park Seo-Bo at Galerie Perrotin from 21 March to 5 May, influential contemporary Filipino artist Roberto Chabet at Osage Hong Kong from 15 to 29 March, China Clean, an exhibition of sculptural designs by Italian designer and entrepreneur Enrico Marone Cinzano at Pearl Lam Galleries SOHO, The Eternal Return a solo show of sculptural works and paintings by Zimbabwe born artist Marc Standing at The Cat Street Galleryan exhibition by internationally acclaimed Asian artist Shahzia Sikander at Asia Society from 16 March to 9 July, and German photographer Candida Höfer’s latest series, Memory - capturing the splendour of St Petersburg and its magnificent buildings at Ben Brown Fine Arts from 22 March to 28 May.

Artbreak Hotel
Need somewhere to relax away from the hustle and bustle and digest all of this culture? Where better than at the Mandarin Oriental where you can have tea and cakes, and a side of world class art along with your rose petal jam, with their Surroundings & Influences exhibition in the Clipper Lounge showcasing some of the most important artists from China and Hong Kong in conjunction with Artshare.com, or indulge in the Revive After Basel-ing revitalizing foot and leg treatment at The Mandarin Spa (HK$1000 weekday). Across the harbour, The Peninsula, will showcase The ADA Project in partnership with Britain’s Royal Academy of the Arts with a work by British artist, Conrad Shawcross, which combines robotics, sculpture and music. See this groundbreaking project in action with a series of live performances in The Peninsula’s lobby featuring British composer Mira Calix performing “if then while for” with soprano Joyce Wong singing to the robot during dinner on 22 March and during Afternoon Tea on 23 March. For an artistic after-dinner tipple head to The Langham’s famed cocktail bar, Artesian, which will be showcasing a series of breathtakingly beautiful cocktails inspired by iconic artwork from Vincent van Gogh, Salvador Dali and Piet Mondrian from 23 March to 30 April.

Got all that? Everything kicks off today, so get out there and get your art on. 

 

Photo of ICC: @ArtAsiaPacific



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