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Art What!: Art Basel shifts Hong Kong fair from March to May 2021


HONG KONG – Art Basel has postponed its Hong Kong fair, which was scheduled to take place in March 2021, to May 2021 in response to the ongoing impact of the global pandemic including travel restrictions. The 2021 edition of Art Basel Hong Kong will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) from 21st to 23rd May 2021, with preview days on 19th and 20th May 2021. 

This decision was taken in close consultation with gallerists, collectors, partners, and external experts, with the goal of ensuring that the fair will be attended by the largest possible number of collectors, curators, and arts professionals from Art Basel’s global network, while protecting the health and safety of everyone concerned. 

Adeline Ooi, Director Asia, Art Basel said: ‘We believe shifting the fair to May is the right decision given the current development of the pandemic and its impact on international travel restrictions. By taking the decision early, our aim is to support our galleries in advance planning for their 2021 programs. We very much look forward to hosting our show in May next year and to welcoming gallerists, collectors, and art lovers back to Hong Kong at that time.’ 

Further details on the fair as well as the names of participating galleries will be announced early next year. In the meantime, Art Basel is focusing on Hong Kong Spotlight by Art Basel, a showcase of 22 Hong Kong-based galleries, all of whom have participated in previous editions of Art Basel Hong Kong, at Fine Art Asia from 27th to 30th November 2020. The next edition of Art Basel’s Online Viewing Rooms – ‘OVR: Miami Beach’ – will take place from 4th to 6th December, with VIP preview days from 2nd to 4th December, featuring leading international galleries who were accepted to the 2020 edition of the Miami Beach show. 

More details on Art Basel available on their website 

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