Every spring Hong Kong is bursting at the seams with activity on the local and global art scene. Pop-up exhibitions and galleries can be found in shopping malls and office towers. The Hong Kong Arts Festival, promoting local and international performances, is in full swing. And this year, the inaugural Art Central exhibition and art fair was held at the Central Harbourfront event space.
Art Central is a contemporary art fair featuring 77 international galleries (though mostly from Hong Kong and Asia) in a couple of huge exhibition tents set up on the new waterfront space. The focus is on up-and-coming and lesser established artists, and a sort of companion show to the much bigger Art Basel annual fair, which (not coincidentally) was taking place at the HK Convention and Exhibition Center just down the street. It’s all part of the effort to make Hong Kong Asia’s premier art hub, bringing artists, exhibitors, and collectors together.
My friend had tickets to the VIP preview day, which thankfully meant smaller crowds and a more relaxed visit. Here are some photos of the works which I found interesting and thought-provoking. Almost all of the art was for sale, if you have deep enough pockets!