ART HK 2012 HK's Biggest Art Event Returns

[11/05/12] 

ART HK takes place from May 17 - 22 and is one of the must-see events of the year. What’s great about the show is that because there’s a mountain of work on display, you’ll enjoy it whatever your taste. To be precise, 266 galleries will represent 38 countries at the 2012 edition which is a bit like walking into Toys”R”Us as a toddler. You can’t conceive of so many toys in one room.

Once you head into the madness you’ll probably wander around aimlessly, examining paintings, whispering ‘I don’t get it,’ but these are the names you should look out for nonetheless. Alghiero Boetti, the Italian conceptual artist, will be exhibited alongside Chinese artist Liu Wei, South African photographer Guy Tillim, Brazilian artist Sandra Cinto and Indian artist Jitish Kallat. Other household names, meanwhile, include Damien Hirst, Sherrie Levine and Anselm Keifer (in a few households at least) so you’ve basically got options if you want to drop HK$X,XXX,XXX bombs.

Elsewhere in the HKCEC, possibly putting an even bigger dent in your HSBC, are 10 massive installations curated by Yuko Hasegawa, Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo. The best of the bunch is HOTO, a six metre high silver-mirrored tower with 3,287 LEDs spread over its surface. Tickets cost HK$250 and our advice is to enjoy the art then pop next door for a rugged sirloin from the Grand Hyatt Steakhouse. After all, there’s only so much whispering, nodding, pointing and frowning a man can do in an evening before reminding himself evolution had a different purpose.

Art attack.


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