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What else is happening during the inaugural edition of Art Basel Hong Kong

Asia Contemporary Art Show: more than 70 galleries show work at the JW Marriott Hotel. Photo: Asia Contemporary

Five art fairs coincide with this year’s inaugural edition of Art Basel Hong Kong. Three are contemporary art fairs, which all take place in five-star hotels: Bank Art Fair, Hong Kong Contemporary and the Asia Contemporary Art Show. Two are antique fairs hoping to entice the spring auctions visitors: Asia International Arts & Antiques Fair, at the Kowloonbay International Trade and Exhibition Centre, and the International Antiques Fair. The latter fair moved to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre last year, which is also the home of Art Basel Hong Kong.

Asia Contemporary Art Show, JW Marriott Hotel, Hong Kong, 23-26 May, www.asiacontemporaryart.com

The Asia Contemporary Art Show was established in October 2012, and is scheduled to take place in May and October each year. Around 70 galleries from 16 countries will exhibit almost 2,000 contemporary works of art over four floors of the JW Marriott Hotel. “Our focus is squarely on young, emerging and mid-career artists, whose works are still available at accessible prices,” says Mark Saunderson, the director of Asia Contemporary Art Ltd.

Asia International Arts & Antiques Fair, Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, 24-26 May, www.aiaa.com.hk

This is Hong Kong’s oldest arts and antiques fair. In its eighth edition this year, the fair will host 45 exhibitors. Last year it welcomed more than 6,000 visitors, 70% of whom were locals. In recent years, AIAA has targeted collectors and connoisseurs from southern China and the mainland. Buyers increased by 24% last year, says Shirley Lok, the manager of AIAA.

Bank Art Fair, Island Shangri-La Hong Kong Hotel, 23-26 May, www.bankartfair.com

The inaugural edition of the Bank Art Fair in Hong Kong (the fair has been been running in Korea, China and Singapore), is organised by the Korean art entrepreneur Dong Myeong Kim in partnership with the Island Shangri-La Hotel. Guests of the luxury hotel will have VIP access to the fair, which has been organised thematically rather than by exhibitors’ booths.

Hong Kong Contemporary, Excelsior Hotel, Causeway Bay, 25-27 May, www.hkc.com.co

This year’s second edition of Hong Kong Contemporary will be held at the Excelsior Hotel in Causeway Bay. Contemporary art galleries from Hong Kong, Japan and Korea, but also from Madrid, Paris and London, are due to take part. Roger Lin, its director, says: “We have limited the number of exhibitors to 37 so that visitors will not be overloaded with excessive amounts of art works.” The fair’s “Hong Kong Contemporary Art Award” will bring four local artists to Korea for an artist-in-residence cultural exchange programme.

International Antiques Fair, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 25-27 May, www.iaf.com.hk

The International Antiques Fair attracted more than 50,000 visitors last year after the organisers changed the fair’s name and relocated it to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The fair was founded by the antique dealer William K.M. Chak in 2009, and has put a vetting system in place to ensure the authenticity of the works. Ronald Chak, the managing director of the fair’s organiser, Chak’s Investment Limited, says: “In this way, collectors can buy with greater confidence, and visitors will benefit from viewing genuine works.” The fair has expanded this year and is due to host around 60 exhibitors, mainly from Europe and the US. But exhibitors will largely show Chinese arts and antiques, Chak says.

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