Art Basel Hong Kong returns in a hybrid format after a year's hiatus owing to COVID-19 restrictions

Art Basel, one of the world's most prestigious modern and contemporary art exhibitions, is returning to Hong Kong in its ninth edition. The prestige art fair is hosting 104 galleries from 23 countries and territories.

The Associated Press May 21, 2021 18:52:59 IST
Art Basel Hong Kong, one of Asia’s premier art fairs, is back in slimmer form after a hiatus prompted by COVID-19. | In the picture: A visitor wearing a face mask takes a close look at an artwork "Two Less One coloured" created by Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto at Art Basel in Hong Kong. Photo via The Associated Press/Vincent Yu
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Art Basel Hong Kong, one of Asia’s premier art fairs, is back in slimmer form after a hiatus prompted by COVID-19. | In the picture: A visitor wearing a face mask takes a close look at an artwork "Two Less One coloured" created by Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto at Art Basel in Hong Kong. Photo via The Associated Press/Vincent Yu
About 100 galleries from 23 countries are participating, half the pre-pandemic level, with others joining via online viewing rooms. The show runs through Sunday. | In the picture: A visitor stands next to "Skin, 2013" created by Brazilian artist Jac Leirner at Art Basel in Hong Kong. Photo via The Associated Press/Vincent Yu
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About 100 galleries from 23 countries are participating, half the pre-pandemic level, with others joining via online viewing rooms. The show runs through Sunday. | In the picture: A visitor stands next to "Skin, 2013" created by Brazilian artist Jac Leirner at Art Basel in Hong Kong. Photo via The Associated Press/Vincent Yu
Adeline Ooi, the Asia director of Art Basel, described the event as the organization’s first hybrid fair.  | In the picture: A visitor stands next to at an artwork titled "Marat assassins, after David, 2017" created by Chinese artist Yan Pei-Ming at Art Basel in Hong Kong. Photo via The Associated Press/Vincent Yu
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Adeline Ooi, the Asia director of Art Basel, described the event as the organization’s first hybrid fair. | In the picture: A visitor stands next to at an artwork titled "Marat assassins, after David, 2017" created by Chinese artist Yan Pei-Ming at Art Basel in Hong Kong. Photo via The Associated Press/Vincent Yu
A steady flow of visitors, all wearing masks, perused the works in a cavernous convention center while buyer representatives used smartphones on selfie sticks to zoom in on specific pieces for buyers overseas. | In the picture: Visitors pass an artwork titled "Martyr, 2019" created by British artist Damien Hirst at Art Basel in Hong Kong. Photo via The Associated Press/Vincent Yu
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A steady flow of visitors, all wearing masks, perused the works in a cavernous convention center while buyer representatives used smartphones on selfie sticks to zoom in on specific pieces for buyers overseas. | In the picture: Visitors pass an artwork titled "Martyr, 2019" created by British artist Damien Hirst at Art Basel in Hong Kong. Photo via The Associated Press/Vincent Yu
Last year’s Art Basel was called off as the pandemic was taking hold. The virus situation has stabilized in Hong Kong, and vaccines are gradually reaching more of the population. | In the picture: A visitor walks past an artwork titled "Two Full Moons: One in Circle, One in Square" created by Hong Kong artist Pak Sheung Chuen at Art Basel in Hong Kong. Photo via The Associated Press/Vincent Yu
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Last year’s Art Basel was called off as the pandemic was taking hold. The virus situation has stabilized in Hong Kong, and vaccines are gradually reaching more of the population. | In the picture: A visitor walks past an artwork titled "Two Full Moons: One in Circle, One in Square" created by Hong Kong artist Pak Sheung Chuen at Art Basel in Hong Kong. Photo via The Associated Press/Vincent Yu
Visitors stands in front of an artwork titled "Blank Paper, 2014" created by Chinese artist Liu Jianhua at Art Basel in Hong Kong. Photo via The Associated Press/Vincent Yu
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Visitors stands in front of an artwork titled "Blank Paper, 2014" created by Chinese artist Liu Jianhua at Art Basel in Hong Kong. Photo via The Associated Press/Vincent Yu
A visitor wearing a face mask takes a close look at an artwork "Untitled, 2018" created by Korean artist Kim Chong-Hak at Art Basel in Hong Kong. Photo via The Associated Press/Vincent Yu
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A visitor wearing a face mask takes a close look at an artwork "Untitled, 2018" created by Korean artist Kim Chong-Hak at Art Basel in Hong Kong. Photo via The Associated Press/Vincent Yu
Two visitors look at an artwork "Home Sweet Home: Pandemic Love 1" created by Hong Kong artist Mak Ying Tung at Art Basel in Hong Kong. Photo via The Associated Press/Vincent Yu
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Two visitors look at an artwork "Home Sweet Home: Pandemic Love 1" created by Hong Kong artist Mak Ying Tung at Art Basel in Hong Kong. Photo via The Associated Press/Vincent Yu
A visitor takes a close look at an artwork titled "Spanish Gold to Pagan Gold" created by British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor at Art Basel in Hong Kong. Photo via The Associated Press/Vincent Yu
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A visitor takes a close look at an artwork titled "Spanish Gold to Pagan Gold" created by British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor at Art Basel in Hong Kong. Photo via The Associated Press/Vincent Yu
A visitor wearing face mask takes a close look at an artwork "Untitled, 2019" created by American visual artist Helen Pashgian at Art Basel in Hong Kong on Wednesday, 19 May, 2021. Photo via The Associated Press/Vincent Yu
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A visitor wearing face mask takes a close look at an artwork "Untitled, 2019" created by American visual artist Helen Pashgian at Art Basel in Hong Kong on Wednesday, 19 May, 2021. Photo via The Associated Press/Vincent Yu