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Hong Kong Art Week – Meet the Capitals Leading Powerplayers
Good news Hong Kong based and visiting art lovers!
Career 14 Nov 2018

Hong Kong art week
Good news Hong Kong based and visiting art lovers! You don’t have to wait until the major events  in March 2019 in the region to get your art fix because another Hong Kong Art Week has officially started. The  9-day event kicked off on November 9 and will end on the 17. The exciting festival unites a star-studded line-up of local artists, galleries and the community, highlighting the essential role played by Hong Kong’s galleries in the city’s art ecology. For the 6th edition of the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association’s festivities, TheArtGorgeous are proud to be a media partner.
The Hong Kong Art Gallery Association, will host their 2018 Art Symposium that will coincide with the art week to be themed around “Looking Up: Remapping Hong Kong’s art scene in the era of new connectivity and ruptures.” This years event will be held on Friday 16 to Saturday 17 November.
Tobias Berger, Head of Arts, Tai Kwun
Image via HKAGA – Tobias Berger, head of arts Tai Kwun
Co-Presidents of HKAGA, Adriana Alvarez-Nichol, and Angela Li said, “This year, the HKAGA Art Symposium boasts the strongest line-up of speakers and panelists yet. As the HKAGA has solidified its influential position in the city, we are thrilled to include an outstanding roster of influencers from Asia and beyond such as Victoria Sung and Iola Lenzi; legendary gallerists such as Emmanuel Perrotin; and well-known artists including Ellen Pau.”
The HKAGA Art Symposium examines the different facets of Hong Kong’s dramatic rise as well as the challenges it will face in the future. Four talk sessions led by renowned international and local art experts address some of the most pressing topics for the future of the visual arts in Hong Kong.  Opening the Art Symposium on Friday, 16th November, Cuauhtémoc Medina, Chief Curator of the 12th Shanghai Biennale will speak about China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative which will undoubtedly transform trade and cultural relationships, including the art world. A panel of experts will discuss Hong Kong’s position within this scenario and its role as a window to China, the Asia Pacific region and the West.
Fernando Prats in his studio 2005
Image via HKAGA – Fernando Prats in his studio 2015
Increased global interest in Asian art in the past few decades have radically changed the way in which the West views this previously overlooked region. In the 2nd talk on Friday, Boon Hui Tan, Director of the Asia Society Museum will ask “How are Western Museums collecting and understanding contemporary art from Asia?” Curators from Western and Asian museums will discuss how Asian artists are now featuring in their acquisition programmes and what further work needs to be done.
At the time of the #MeToo movement, female artists have been chosen to represent Hong Kong at the Venice Biennale and Asia Society presents an exhibition by pioneering female Chinese artist, Pan Yuliang. The Symposium will highlight the crucial role that women artists, curators and dealers play in the Hong Kong art scene. On Saturday, 17th November, Freya Chou, Curator of Para Site, will talk about “Female Artists in Asia” and together with renowned curators, artists and collectors will discuss the realities faced by women in the art world and the opportunities and challenges for the future.
Hong Kong has become the hub for the top international art galleries to enter the Asian market. Gagosian and White Cube led the way, followed more recently by Hauser & Wirth and David Zwirner. In the 2nd talk on 17th November, Magnus Renfrew, Managing Director & Founder, ARTHQ Group, will speak on “New Trends, the impact of the next wave of international gallery openings in Hong Kong and beyond.” A panel of experts including art fair directors and dealers will evaluate the impact of these developments on the region, local small and medium-sized galleries, artists and the relationship of Hong Kong with the rest of Asia.
Image via Timeout Hong Kong
A cocktail reception on Friday evening, which is by RSVP only, will feature two live performances. The first is by Chilean artist Fernando Prats who, since representing Chile at the 54th Venice Biennale, has achieved international acclaim for devising a new and deeply personal pictorial system. The artist will produce a new work from his renowned Painting of Birds series live and the resulting artwork will be donated to The Nature Conservancy in Hong Kong.  The second is a “Spoken Poetry” performance by Redic, a Chicago-born artist now based in Shanghai.
Attendees will also be able to try a VR experience by Desmond Leung throughout the event. Leung is a media artist and creative director who explores contemporary aesthetics and meaning by combining ink painting, moving image, and new media into a new visual language.
The Art Symposium will conclude on Saturday afternoon, 17th November with a Keynote Presentation by Tobias Berger, Head of Arts, Tai Kwun.
Including the two-day action-packed Art Symposium, there are heaps of other city-wide programmes to check out including studio visits and art debates. Over the past decade, Hong Kong has developed not just as the center of art business in Asia, but as a global art hub. Today, Hong Kong hosts Asia’s premier international art fairs, auction houses, and galleries.  The development of West Kowloon Cultural District and its contemporary art museum M+, as well as Tai Kwun in Central, will further contribute to Hong Kong’s significance as a world art hub, so Hong Kongers and visitors have a lot to look forward to! This years Hong Kong Art Week is an unmissable event for any art lover and a great chance to celebrate the growing and vibrant art scene in Hong Kong, so grab your tickets fast!
The Art Symposium is open to the public on a first-come, first served basis. Pre-registration is available on the HKAGA website only, http://www.hk-aga.org.
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About the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association (HKAGA)
Founded in 2012, HKAGA is a member-based non-profit organization of established art galleries in Hong Kong. With over 50 member-galleries, the mission of HKAGA is to advance the Hong Kong art gallery community by providing one voice to its members, reaching out to the local and international art community, and helping deepen market knowledge and best practices among members. Since 2014, HKAGA has been officially recognized as the grant recipient of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council for its dedication and promotion of the arts scene in Hong Kong.
Image via ArchDaily Asia Society Hong Kong Center,© Michael Moran
About Asia Society Hong Kong Center
As an affiliate of the Asia Society global network of 13 centers, Asia Society Hong Kong Center was established in 1990. In February 2012, the Hong Kong Center established its new home in Admiralty at the former Explosives Magazine of the old Victoria Barracks. Steeped in history, cultural significance and natural beauty, the 1.3 hectares site, which houses a group of four former British military buildings, was originally built by the British Army in the mid-19th century for explosives and ammunition production and storage. Through careful conservation, restoration, and adaptive re-use, this heritage site was successfully transformed into a cultural, artistic and intellectual hub in Hong Kong in 2012 and offers a broad variety of programs in the form of lectures, performances, film screenings and exhibitions to the community.
For more information visit the website here – www.hk-aga.org/hong-kong-art-week-2018/

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