The sixth edition of Art Basel Hong Kong at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre closed with a healthy turnout last weekend. More than 80,000 attendees were recorded this year as well as representatives from over 100 international museums and institutions.
Attendees witnessed art by established and new artists from around the world, engaged in conversations with existing and new patrons about the interconnected art scenes across the world, and purchased art across all genres.
“This year's edition of the fair has been our best art fair since the founding of our gallery five years ago. We were thrilled to receive visits by more than 20 museum representatives, many of whom acquired works,” said Chris Reynolds, co-founder of Ink Studio in Beijing.
As luxury brands are continually looking for ways to innovate, it was no surprise that high-end brands – the likes of Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Dior – made an appearance at this year’s show.
According to Jing Daily, “2017 was the year luxury brands sought out Chinese artists that would give them more relevance in the China market, while also giving further credence to China’s cultural role in the industry”.
The report added that “Art Basel Hong Kong exemplifies this convergence of luxury, art, and contemporary Chinese culture, with brands not only collaborating with artists but selecting and showcasing the work of specifically mainland Chinese and Taiwanese artists”.