Art Basel Hong Kong 2019 | Highlights

Art Basel Hong Kong 2019 | Highlights


The DNA of the show is the notion
of building bridges between East and West. We’re also trying
to build the bridges across Asia. This is a sculpture
by the Korean artist Lee Bul. Her work is really about the notion of dystopia. Sometimes I think we’re also
very good at destroying each other. On one side
a strong belief in new technology. At the same time also the danger of it. First time we’ve got a Czech
Republic gallery showing in Hong Kong. We brought a series
of new works by Anna Hulačová. This little guy is almost
like riding into battle on this skateboard carrying an offering
which looks like a seed. So this is hope for the future. These are all works by Tishan Hsu
who is a Chinese-American artist. Basically he sort of removed himself
from the art world in the 1990s. And what’s incredible
is just how contemporary and relevant they feel now. He was just very early to be working
with the feeling of technology and the embodiment of technology. It’s a new work by Jose Dávila which was made
specifically for Hong Kong. And they are meant to be interactive so they’re based on the
color theory of Josef Albers. Jose’s entire oeuvre is very much based upon looking at the work of other artists but reimagining and rethinking it. I find the works incredibly joyous. This is Kimiyo Mishima,
a Japanese artist. She’s 86 years old now. She was a painter first. This is a collage she made in 1965. Collecting lots of posters, newspapers. And she decided
to use them for the paintings. And she created paintings in the late 60s. When you take it into a different context then these objects stop becoming
just tin cans and a trash can. I’m super excited that Tyler has brought out
sculptures by Cambodian artist Sopheap Pich. Although the artist
did his training in the United States when he moved back to Cambodia he really felt that he wanted to have work that is really relevant to the local context. He started working with rattan and bamboo. We are also incredibly proud of the fact that our show for the first time
has been able to feature works by Ellsworth Kelly. So we’re showing
early Paris period collages from the 1950s alongside a late painting from 2004. I think while these pieces
seem to be minimal visually, these are based
on what he sees in nature. So while we see shapes and colors, he sees in this shadows and plains. This is the first time that Egon Schiele
has been shown in Hong Kong in any depth. Well, clearly we’re dealing with works of art that are over a hundred years old. The main point about Schiele is
that there is a timelessness to him. An artist who describes
the human condition. And that doesn’t change. It’s very important to be able to stretch time while as to be able to mine and explore and go deep into our art histories. We’ve been able
to bring more exchanges, more interaction and also more learning.

Dereck Turner

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