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May 8, 2012

This Is It! ART HK 12

Next week, 16-20 May, ART HK 12 is set to light up the city, revealing some of the most prominent personalities and most celebrated galleries from around the world. A four-day frenzy of parties, festivities, talks and tipples awaits, not to mention art, and lots of it.  But before your head starts to spin, let us give you the lowdown on who’s who, what’s what, and what’s not to be missed…

Hot Tickets
Having put Hong Kong on the map as one of the world’s major art hubs and now in it’s 5th year, ART HK brings together international power players and Asia stars, showcasing the best of Contemporary Art from around the globe. This year will be the largest yet with 266 galleries, representing 38 countries worldwide. DSTS readers can enjoy a 55% discount on Admission to ART HK (just HK$226 for two tickets!). To book, please contact HK Ticketing on +852 3128 8288 and quote “ARTHK07” and “DIMSUM” (through 14th May). Ready to paint the town red? Vernissage, the invite only VIP preview on Wednesday 16th May, is one of the biggest “see and be ‘scene’ nights” of the year. There are very limited tickets on sale to the public, but we have secured an exclusive block of Vernissage Tickets to give away to lucky DSTS readers.  To enter to win, please click here and let us know: What’s your favourite art gallery in Hong Kong and why? Plus, If you need a private spot to entertain your entourage during the week, we’ve got the hook-up for tables at the Club Lounge, created by Hong Kong’s iconic designer Douglas Young of G.O.D., contact Diveesha at +852 3127 5525 or

Cool Galleries
Get ready to walk the walk and talk the talk! Must see galleries include:
+ Tornabuoni Art, Paris
+ Lin & Lin Gallery, Taipei
+ McCaffrey Fine Art, New York
+ STARKWHITE, Auckland
+ Nature Morte, New Delhi
+ Casa Triangulo, Sao Paulo
+ Stevenson Gallery, Capetown
+ ShanghART, Shanghai

Inspiring Exhibitions
Visit ASIA ONE, showcasing the latest developments in Contemporary Art from the Middle East to Australasia. Head to ART FUTURES for works by emerging artists. Be inspired by ART HK Projects, dedicated to presenting large scale sculpture and installation works by the world’s leading artists. Or check out the first ever Art Flat, a unique collection of art objects, housed in a apartment-like pop-up space.

After Hours Hangouts
Need a little pick me up? Enjoy sips and casual British bites at The Pawn (+852 2866 3444) or cocktails and dinner in sumptuous surrounds at Café Gray (+852 3968 1106). Now that you’re revved up, hit the dance floor at KEE Club, for their famous Club Clicquot night on Friday 18th May featuring DJ and Live performer Joris Voorn (+852 2810 9000). Ready to recoup?  The Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, the official hotel of ART HK 12, is ready to welcome you with artful arms, with special accommodation packages, an ART Exhibition and beautifully designed cakes to match in the Clipper Lounge, art cocktails at M Bar, plus a sensory ART menu in the Michelin-starred Mandarin Grill + Bar where each dish is literally a work of art culminating in a mesmerizing dessert created right before your very eyes (+852 2522 0111).

Great Debate
On Friday 18th May, Intelligence Squared Asia will present leading art world experts to argue the motion: “Contemporary Art Excludes the 99 Percent” tackling issues including: What is the role of contemporary art museums today? Have collectors become the new curators? And are private and corporate interests in culture at odds with the public good? (Rm N101, HKCEC, drinks 5:30pm, debate: 6:30pm, HK$300,

Get ready to see some of the world’s most powerful and transformative pieces of contemporary art… as well as almost anyone you’ve ever met in HK.

16 May 2011 (Wed) at 5pm – 9pm (Vernissage – Opening Night)
17 May 2011 (Thu) at 12noon – 7pm
18 May 2011 (Fri) at 12noon – 7pm
19 May 2011 (Sat) at 12noon – 7pm
20 May 2011 (Sun) at 12noon – 5pm /

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