Hong Kong International Art fair 2012

Posted on May 26, 2012 by Toothpicker There have been 0 comments

Nishino Kozo's 'Memory of the Sky'



Originally, I wasn't planning to go to the Hong Kong International Art Fair, but thanks to my brother who got free access to the show and other related events, I took the opportunity to see what the fuss was all about.

Art HK started in 2007, which was a relatively small regional art fair, but has since become more important in the international art circuit for contemporary Asian art, especially after Art Basel acquired it in 2011. Apparently, this year, the show has attracted many new galleries as well as foreign visitors, which also meant that it was almost impossible to book onto most gallery events related to the show!



After attended the rather cramped and commercial London Art fair earlier in the year, I wasn't expecting much from this. But surprisingly, there were wider varieties and more experimental works from both Asia and Western galleries. However, I wasn't not so sure about the 'collectable value' of these art pieces, many of which seemed like 'promotional' pieces that aimed to draw attention, but then again, that is how I feel towards most contemporary art works anyway.

One of the most 'talked about' pieces was Ai Weiwei's 'Cong' - externally displaying 123 letters from regional governments whose schools collapsed during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, while internally listing the 5,196 students who were tragically killed in the event due to negligence by construction companies and local government officials ( see below).



Meanwhile, there were also many works by contemporary Korean artists, including some rather eye-catching inflatable lotuses by Choi Jeong Hwa ( see his 'golden lotus' below).



My problem with large trade and art fairs is that I tend to get overwhelmed very quickly, and would lose interest after a while. My friend and I managed to do one floor in just over 2 hours and decided to head to the bar while completely missed the other floor!

Oh well, I guess there is always next year...




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