Top art events not to miss during Art Basel Hong Kong 2016
By Maria Mao

Art Basel has made March Hong Kong’s official art month with local galleries adjusting their calendar according to the happenings of this major fair. WGSN reports

Mar 18, 2016
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Following a breakthrough 2015, this year will see an in-depth overview of the region’s diversity through both historical material and cutting-edge works by leading and emerging artists. The film section, including 67 art films and 5 special screenings, is the largest so far. We’re especially looking forward to seeing Jellyfish Eyes, a Japanese fantasy film directed by contemporary artist Takashi Murakami who touches on the 2011 Japanese nuclear accidents through his vibrant anime characters as well as real actors.

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Another film to note is 10 Drawing for Projection by South African artist William Kentridge, a ground breaking film on the transition of South Africa from apartheid to democracy.

Want to know what else you must-not miss during the run-down to this highly anticipated art feast happening next weekend from March 24 to 26, and beyond? We have compiled a list of events from international gallery openings to grass-roots art,  for all you art lovers.

1. 3rd ANNUAL COLLECTORS’ CONTEMPORARY COLLABORATION / March 12 – 28 2016

Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road / 2582 0200
Neighbourhood: Wan Chai

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Just opposite the Art Basel venue, Hong Kong Arts Centre’s Collectors’ Contemporary Collaboration celebrates its fourth anniversary in 2016. Expect talks from Japanese collectors Fumio Nanjo and Roger McDonald on their contemporary art collections. Learn more about 21st century Japanese art from works of Keita Arisawa, Daisuke Miyatsu and Yoshiko Mori.

2. AFTERWORK / MARCH 19 – 29 2016

22/F, Wing Wah Industrial Building, 677 King’s Road / 852 2517 4620
Neighbourhood: Quarry Bay

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Following on the hot topic of ‘domestic workers’ in Hong Kong, Afterwork explores the issues of class, race, labour, and migration in Hong Kong, its surrounding region, and beyond.

3. ART CENTRAL / MARCH 23-26 2016

Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road / 852 2174 0322
Neighbourhood: Central

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Coinciding with Art Basel, the second Art Central fair features more than 100 leading international galleries under the roof of the largest outdoor venue in Hong Kong, specially built for the event, and is only a 10-minute walk to Art Basel.

4. ASIA CONTEMPORARY ART SHOW / MARCH 24 – 27 2016

Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway / 852 2811 9015
Neighbourhood: Admiralty/Wan Chai

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Hotel art fairs are a one-of-a-kind experience in Hong Kong where space is always limited. Asia Contemporary Art Show has again chosen Conrad Hotel as its venue, where over 2,500 works of art are either gingerly put on hotel beds and windowsills, or propped up against bathroom mirrors and minibars.

5. HONG KONG PHOTOBOOK FAIR / MARCH 23 – 25 2016

Harbourview Hotel, 4 Harbour Road

Neighbourhood: Wan Chai

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Hong Kong’s ever first photobook fair, it strives to become an annual feature of the arts scene in Hong Kong with selected independent publishers of photobooks from across Asia. Hong Kong, China, Japan, Taiwan, and more from the U.S. and Europe in the future.

6. K11 ART FOUNDATION X SERPENTINE GALLERIES / MARCH 21 – 24 2016

G/F, Cosco Tower, 33 Wing Lok Street
Neighbourhood: Sheung Wan / NoHo

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Serpentine Galleries teams up with K11 Art Foundation to present Hack Space, a pop-up art space featuring 11 China-based artists including Cao Fei, Cui Jie, Guo Xi and Hu Qingtai, and New Zealand artist Simon Denny. The team behind Serpentine Galleries visited 16 artist studios in Beijing and carefully picked the best emerging artists from China.

7. M+SIGG: FOUR DECADES OF CHINESE CONTEMPORARY ART / FEBRUARY 23 – APRIL 5 2016

ArtisTree, 1/F Cornwall House, Taikoo Place, 979 King’s Road

Neighbourhood: Quarry Bay

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M+ Sigg, a research-based exhibition with a forty-year history, presents its first-ever chronological exhibition of Chinese contemporary art, from the late cultural revolution up to today.

8. MDC MASSIMO DE CARLO

3/F Pedder Building,12 Pedder Street
Neighbourhood: Central

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In addition to its Milan and London spaces, Massimo De Carlo gallery will soon add a third location, in Hong Kong. To celebrate the gallery’s 30th anniversary, the new space opens on March 21 with a show of paintings by Yan Peiming.

9. SOCIAL FABRIC / MARCH 22 – APRIL 21 2016

MILL6 Pop-up Space, The Annex 2/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road Central / 852 3979 2474

Neighbourhood: Central

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This exhibition presents new works by two young artists who have responded to the history, culture and current social fabric of Hong Kong, in extremely different ways, through forms of dialogue, installation and video.

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