Hong Kong

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

Art marketanalysis

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

Art marketpreview

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

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

Art marketanalysis

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"

Art marketanalysis

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

Hong Kong: has the new law 'destroyed' the art scene?

Plus, art historian Alyce Mahon on Leonor Fini’s illustrations. Produced in association with Christie's

Hosted by Ben Luke. Produced by Julia Michalska, David Clack and Aimee Dawson
Hong Konganalysis

Some artists planning to leave Hong Kong in response to new national security law

Concerns over freedom of expression and self-censorship on the rise after introduction of new rules

Undeterred by looming National Security Law, Hong Kong's newest art fair draws nearly 3,000 visitors

Twelve galleries ventured out again for the bijou pop-up event Unscheduled

Gaylord Chan—one of the last of a generation of Hong Kong Modernist painters—has died, aged 95

The artist was known for his brightly coloured abstract works, and as the founder of an art school that fostered a new generation of well-known artists

Hong Kong artists abroad launch pro-democracy platform as China's security law looms

Online project documents one year of anti-government protests in the territory and aims to rally support from international art community

Chinanews

Will the loss of Hong Kong’s special trade status and stricter oversight from Beijing end its appeal as Asia’s biggest arts hub?

A new draconian law against protests imposed by Beijing and the end of a more open trade agreement with the US has the city’s arts community worried

As most of the world's art fairs have been cancelled or postponed, Hong Kong launches a new one

Fair, called Unscheduled, will take place in June in the revamped Central Police Station compound

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Hong Kong artist's sombre still life with a tear gas canister vase wins Human Rights arts prize

Jeremy Deller judged the sixth edition which is backed by the European Union

Blockbuster Edward Hopper show is relaunched as Swiss museums come out of 'recent slumber'

Museums in South Korea and Hong Kong have also started reopening after coronavirus lockdowns

Hong Kong’s art galleries abandon pricey Central district

As galleries feel the impact of Art Basel’s cancellation, many consider moving to cheaper, up-and-coming locations such as Kowloon and South Island

Billionaire art collector Adrian Cheng to distribute free face masks in vending machines throughout Hong Kong

The K11 Art Foundation founder is donating millions of masks aimed to help low-income communities in their fight against Covid-19

All eyes on Asia: normality is still a long way off as museums emerge from lockdown

Visitor numbers at some of the world’s most popular art venues have nosedived and uncertainty for the future remains

Sotheby’s relocates April Hong Kong auctions to New York due to coronavirus

The firm is also rolling its London June sales into one week for the first time in more than a decade

Coronavirus impact on China’s art world now eclipses Sars

The region’s art scene has experienced relentless growth since the 2002-03 epidemic. Will it be able to recover from the latest health crisis as quickly as it did almost two decades ago?

Coronavirus: Beijing's Jingart is the latest Asian art fair to cancel

A look at how the market is responding to the epidemic

Anna Brady. with additional reporting by Lisa Movius

'With changes come opportunities': first reactions to the cancellation of Art Basel in Hong Kong

Local galleries are determined to forge ahead after the fair announced it will not take place this year in light of coronavirus fears

Art Basel in Hong Kong cancelled

The decision comes a week after the World Health Organisation declared Coronavirus outbreak a global emergency and repeated calls for its cancellation from exhibitors

'The arts will continue to thrive': Hong Kong galleries band together in face of coronavirus fears

Local dealers plan to forge ahead with exhibitions even if Art Basel decides to cancel this year's edition of the fair in the city

Despite protests and Coronavirus, former French prime minister and son press on with new Hong Kong gallery

Dominique and Arthur de Villepin say new space will be shaped by their collecting experiences and relationships with artists

Coronavirus crisis: Hong Kong follows China in shutting museums

Special administrative region has also limited travel to the mainland to lower transmission risk

Art Basel in Hong Kong exhibitors call for 50% discount as concerns mount over a drop off in collectors and freedom of expression

Galleries including Lévy Gorvy, Lisson and Sprüth Magers have expressed their concerns in a letter to the fair organisers

'All bets are off': Hong Kong protests cause insurance headaches for dealers heading to Art Basel

With pro-democracy demonstrations showing no sign of abating, the fair is working with a broker to offer galleries cover at 20 times the normal rate

Filmsreview

Review | Art and authenticity in Hong Kong

Leave the Bus Through the Broken Window follows filmmaker Andrew Hevia as he fumbles his way through the often exclusionary art world

Police use tear gas on protestors outside newly re-opened Hong Kong Museum of Art prompting safety fears for visitors and works

Substance was used during a rally calling for the government to meet the protestors' “five demands”

Perrotin moves Hong Kong gallery to Kowloon—but it has nothing to do with the protests

The gallery will relocate to a new cultural and residential district developed by billionaire collector Adrian Cheng

Hong Kong plans 2020 Botticelli exhibition in unprecedented deal with Italy's Uffizi

This is the first time the Florentine museum has formed a long-term partnership with a foreign institution

Three artists among pro-democracy candidates who scored landslide win in Hong Kong elections

Susi Law Wai-shan, Clara Cheung and Wong Tin Yan ran in the elections which had an unprecedented 71.2% turnout

Hong Kong Museum of Art to reopen in spite of escalating violence of pro-democracy protests

Launch of revamped government-run museum to go ahead as planned following $119m facelift

Hong Kongcomment

'The future of Hong Kong is already set': Ai Weiwei responds to escalating violence against democracy protesters

In Hong Kong, university campuses have become literal battlegrounds in the protracted clash between police and protesters over the region’s future

Uncertainty hangs over Para Site’s fundraising auction as Hong Kong protests escalate

The non-profit art space derives half its annual income from the charity gala which last year raised a record HK$7.8m

Hong Kongcomment

Hong Kong art market profits despite protestors’ pain

If not immune to geopolitical unrest, then perhaps art is a refuge for money that is struggling to find its way into other assets

'This is not the end, this is not doomsday': Hong Kong fairs survive escalated violence in city

Law banning face masks sparks more protests and brings Metro and buses to a halt, but Fine Art Asia chief says impact on fair is minimal

US-China trade war and protests bring uncertainty as Hong Kong auction houses head into busy autumn season

Sweeping demonstrations are putting people off buying art, but relations with the US are likely to have a greater long-term effect

Ai Weiwei: 'Hong Kong is on fire and the world is indifferent'

Chinese artist and activist’s team has been documenting the intensifying anti-government protests over the weekend

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