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Against all odds, Hong Kong’s gallery scene is on the up

Amid a crackdown on dissent, and the havoc wreaked by the pandemic, Hong Kong’s galleries have not just survived but thrived, with several new openings

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Hong Kong's last British governor on how Beijing's crackdown is corroding the city's vibrant cultural scene

The Chinese government is demolishing the freedoms that once made the special administrative region special, says Chris Patten

Pillar of Shame sculpture honouring Tiananmen Square victims shown in Budapest after Hong Kong removal

Copy of 1997 work erected on street, renamed to honour alleged human rights victims in China

Art Basel forced to postpone Hong Kong fair until May due to rising Covid cases

Originally planned for March, it will now take place less than three weeks before the Swiss fair's flagship event in Basel

Christie’s 2021 sales total $7.1bn, with $150m from NFTs and $103.4m from the most expensive work sold this year, a Picasso

Results are the highest since 2015 and come in just behind Sotheby’s $7.3bn. Hong Kong expansion plan will continue despite Beijing crackdown, as auction house "separates what is political and what is business"

Review: Hong Kong's highly anticipated M+ museum opens—but can it withstand political pressure?

This world-class institution is a magnificent achievement, but it faces a profoundly different political environment today from its inception 25 years ago

Our pick of five lots from Sotheby’s Hong Kong sales — and what they tell us about the Asian art market

Millennial buyers boosted sales for Western artists, whose works accounted for $114m out of $185m

‘Artists aren't able to defend human values anymore’: Ai Weiwei on how the art market is king and why Western museums are courting China

The Chinese artist will unveil a new work this week at the Southbank Centre for the English PEN 100 festival championing freedom of expression

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Young, monied and keen to gamble on art: the super power of Asian collectors

Asian buyers are now the biggest spenders at international auctions and these digitally-native collectors are happy to splurge online

Helsinki’s inaugural biennial goes off with a bang on the former military island of Vallisaari

The layered history and uncertain future of a small island in the Finnish archipelago is used as a microcosm for the world via site specific works by 41 artists

‘It’s too dangerous to stay’: Hong Kong artist Kacey Wong leaves for Taiwan as Chinese government curbs artistic and editorial autonomy

Wong’s name appeared in a state-run newspaper article which he considered a “wanted list” for Beijing

Follow the money: Christie's bets on Hong Kong with vast new headquarters as clients in Asia spend over $1bn so far this year

Auction house will move into Zaha Hadid-designed luxury tower The Henderson in 2024, where it will hold year-round sales and exhibitions

Cinematic revival: Hong Kong's post-war landmark State Theatre to be restored by 2026

Billionaire collector and property developer Adrian Cheng is leading the project to reopen the defunct 1950s cinema as a "cultural oasis"

Street artist Futura unveils his biggest-ever work in Hong Kong shopping mall

Sneaker crowd turns out in force to see the New York-based artist's six-metre tall rocket surrounded by alien figures

Artists Samson Young, Angela Su and Lee Kit donate works to fundraise for Hong Kong dealer Anthony Tao Xinshu's hospital treatment

The Gallery Exit founder was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm in December—now 43 artists are selling work to pay for his care

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Art Basel in Hong Kong: fair still on track to open amid calls to boycott city and tough coronavirus restrictions

Exhibitors are down from 242 to 104 in a condensed fair that runs alongside Art Central in the same venue from 21 to 23 May

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First look: Hong Kong's mighty M+ museum building is finally finished

Newly released footage shows the full extent of the vast 65,000 sq. m space and the designs striking use of straight lines and concrete

After more than a decade, Hong Kong's M+ building is finished and will open in 2021—even if international travel ban persists

Herzog & de Meuron-designed museum will not shy away from displaying controversial works, director assures

Exhibitions at new $450m Hong Kong Palace Museum will offer ‘a fresh, contemporary interpretation of Chinese culture’

Director Louis Ng insists that the institution—due to open in 2022—will be distinct from its namesake in Beijing's Forbidden City

Acquisitions round-up—Fondation Beyeler gets a frosty Fischli/Weiss snowman

Our pick of the latest gifts and purchases to enter international museum collections

Hong Kong's M+ museum delayed to autumn 2021 amid management troubles and spiralling costs

West Kowloon Cultural District chief executive heads for early exit, accused of contributing to cost overruns and delays

Stolen Mao Zedong scroll worth $300m found cut in half after being resold for $65

Hong Kong police have arrested three men in relation to a $645m heist that included calligraphy by the Communist leader and other revolutionary art and ephemera

Art Basel to make real-life appearance as fair partners with Fine Art Asia in Hong Kong

Local galleries have been invited by Art Basel to apply for participation in the November fair

Art Basel in Hong Kong and Art Central—under one roof in 2021

The two fairs will take place at the same time in the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre in March

Undeterred by pandemic and political tumult, Western galleries expand to Greater China

The New York dealer Edward Ressle opens a space in Shanghai, in the footsteps of the UK's Flowers Gallery and France's Villepin ventures in Hong Kong

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In the first partnership of its kind, Phillips and Poly Auction set their sights on Hong Kong

Mutually beneficial collaborations between Western and Chinese auction houses are on the rise

Artist Chen Weiming to create a monument to Hong Kong protests in California's Mojave Desert

As US levies toughest sanction yet on China for its destruction of Hong Kong’s relatively free political system, Weiming says he wants to pay tribute to the "people's fight for freedom"

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Sanyu, Zao Wou-Ki and Liu Ye: the Asian masters fetching millions at the Hong Kong auctions

Despite pandemic delays and the new National Security Law, the spring sales in the city last week fetched solid results