Art Basel Hong Kong 2018: A Closer Encounter with Art

Witness large-scale sculptures and installations that focus on inviting the audience to make contact with objects, artists and ideas. ‘Encounters’ at Art Basel Hong Kong 2018 features nine new works created specifically for this year’s show. Curated for the fourth consecutive year by Alexie Glass-Kantor, Executive Director of Artspace in Sydney, Encounters. Walk around ‘Encounters’ with us…

Jorge Pardo – Gallerie neugerriemschneider 

neugerriemschneider presents ‘Untitled’ (2009, 2017) by Cuban artist Jorge Pardo (b. 1963). Inspired by medieval manuscripts, Pardo has choreographed a series of objects that intersect architecture, sculpture and design, challenging our expectations of these categories.

Untitled’ (2009, 2017)

Shinji Ohmaki – Mind Set Art Center

Exposing invisible forces, Japanese artist Shinji Ohmaki’s (b. 1971) ‘Liminal Air Space- Time’ (2018), presented by Mind Set Art Center, takes a once solid object and dissolves it into kinetic sculpture, creating an illusion of air as form.

Liminal Air Space- Time’ (2018)

Chou Yu Cheng – Edouard Malingue Gallery

Edouard Malingue Gallery premieres a new performance by Chou Yu-Cheng (b. 1976) titled ‘Refresh, Sacrifice, New Hygiene, Infection, Clean, Robot, Air, Housekeeping,, Cigarette, Dyson, Modern People’ (2017). Blurring the boundaries between public and private spaces, Chou Yu-Cheng explores the concept of hygiene, technology and the distribution of labor through sculpture, performance and recital

Refresh, Sacrifice, New Hygiene, Infection, Clean, Robot, Air, Housekeeping,, Cigarette, Dyson, Modern People’ (2017)

 Erwin Wurm – Lehmann Maupin, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, König Galerie

Erwin Wurm’s (b. 1954) iconic series ‘One Minute Sculptures’ (2000-2018) will be jointly showcased by Lehmann Maupin, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac and König Galerie. First performed in 1997, the ongoing series instructs the audience to “make one minute sculptures”, questioning and reflecting on sculpture itself and limiting the sculptures’ lifetime to 60 seconds.

‘One Minute Sculptures’ (2000-2018)

Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan – Yavuz Gallery

‘Left Wing Project (Belok Kiri Jalan Terus)’ (2017-2018), a new large-scale, site-specific installation by the artist duo Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan (b. 1965, b. 1962 respectively)  is presented by Yavuz Gallery. Also activated by air, Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan’s installation is concerned with the mass migration of people and the complex social and political realities of contemporary agrarian societies in Asia.

‘Left Wing Project (Belok Kiri Jalan Terus)’ (2017-2018)

Ivan Navarro –Paul Kasmin Gallery

Paul Kasmin Gallery will debut New York-based Chilean artist Iván Navarro’s (b. 1972) ‘Compression’ (2018). The new work transforms the globe of the Earth’s surface into a cube, essentially rendering its surfaces flat, challenging the notion that the globalization offers a level playing field and that all things are equal.

Ulla von Brandenburg – Pilar Corrias, Meyer Riegger

‘7 Curtains’ (2017), a new site-specific work by Ulla von Brandenburg (b. 1974) will be presented jointly by Pilar Corrias and Meyer Riegger. Interested in theatre and absurdity, von Brandenburg’s installation consists of a sequence of seven monumental stage curtains, inviting the audience to perform by stepping into the color field.

‘7 Curtains’ (2017)

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran – Sullivan and Strumpf

Sydney-based Sri Lankan artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran (b. 1988) creates ‘Mud Men Volume II’ (2017) for this year’s show. Presented by Sullivan+Strumpf, Nithiyendran’s large-scale ceramic works are rough-edged New Age symbols that reference Hindu and Christian imagery and gender fluidity.

Nyapanyapa Yunupingu from Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

‘Gäna (self)’ (2018) by Nyapanyapa Yunupingu (b. 1945), one of Australia’s most celebrated Aboriginal artists, is presented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery. This sculptural installation comprises powerful and totemic bark paintings and larrakitj poles, which were traditionally used as hollow coffins created to hold the bones of the dead.

‘Gäna (self)’

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