Art Basel Hong Kong—Asia’s leading art fair—is returning to the city from May 19 to 23. Art Basel Hong Kong Here, we list a few local galleries not to miss.

Good news for art lovers in Hong Kong: Art Basel—Asia’s leading art fair—is returning to the city after cancelling its three annual events in Hong Kong, Basel and Miami Beach last year due to the pandemic, though the organisation did manage to host Hong Kong Spotlight by Art Basel last November. 

This year, 104 galleries from around the world are participating in the event, which runs from May 19 to 23 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. 

Here, we introduce the Hong Kong galleries you shouldn’t miss.

See also: Everything You Need To Know About Art Basel Live: Hong Kong

1/10 10 Chancery Lane Gallery

Art Basel in Hong Kong
A new 50 cm x 50cm mixed-media painting by Frog King. (Photo: Courtesy of 10 Chancery Lane)

New mixed-media paintings by the eccentric Frog King (Kwok Man Ho) are the highlight of 10 Chancery Lane Gallery‘s booth. Frog King is one of the most important artists working in Hong Kong today and was a pioneer of performance and conceptual art in the city.

For Art Basel, he has made a series of new ink and mixed-media on canvas works. He will also make an appearance at the event, decked out in his unmistakable black, white and red outfit and signature “froggy” sunglasses.

Bamboo sculptures by Laurent Martin “Lo”, which are new to the gallery, are also worth seeing.

See also: The Man Behind The Mask: A Look Inside The Life Of Performance Artist Frog King

2/10 Blindspot

Blindspot was founded in 2010 with a focus on contemporary photography and lens-based art, but has since expanded to work with artists working in many different media. For Art Basel, the gallery is showcasing works by various artists including Un Cheng, Jiang Pengyi, Sin Wai Kin and Trevor Young.

Hong Kong artist Un Cheng creates large-scale paintings that combine careful observation of urban life and intense, childish imagination. Jiang Pengyi, on the other hand, constantly innovates with photography. 

Sin Wai Kin, also known as Victoria Sin, uses speculative fiction within performance, moving images, writing and print to explore themes of desire, identification and objectification. And multimedia artist Trevor Yeung uses plants and animals as metaphors for human relationships in his photography and installations.

See also: 10 Must-See Art Exhibitions In Hong Kong In May 2021

3/10 Gallery Exit

Stephen Wong Chun-hei made quite an impact during Spotlight by Art Basel and, now, Gallery Exit is showcasing one of his latest works. Titled Grand Tour in Google Earth: Machu Picchu, the 180 x 220 cm acrylic-on-canvas piece is a breathtaking painting of the ancient Incan citadel in Peru. Other highlights of Gallery Exit’s booth include three oil paintings by Zhang Jian and a painting of Hong Kong’s two tallest buildings—the IFC and ICC—by local artist Wilson Shieh.

See also: Spotlight By Art Basel 2020 Showcases Art During The Pandemic

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