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HKFP Lens: Art Basel returns to Hong Kong with work from 248 galleries around the world

Art Basel Hong Kong has opened, featuring work from 248 galleries representing 32 countries and territories.

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Photo: HKFP/Catherine Lai

The modern and contemporary art show will open its sixth Hong Kong edition to the public on Thursday at Wan Chai’s Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

Half of the participating galleries have exhibition spaces in the Asia and Asia-Pacific regions.

art basel 2018 hong kong

Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

Twenty-six galleries from Hong Kong have an exhibition space in the city.

art basel 2018 hong kong

Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

One of the highlights is Hong Kong artist Kwan Sheung-chi’s piece, Hong Kongese. The installation explores local identity and consists of 70,000 metal badges with the words Hongkonger printed on them.

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Photo: HKFP/Catherine Lai

Visitors can sift through the pile for a few badges that are labelled “Chinese person.”

art basel 2018 hong kong

Photo: HKFP/Catherine Lai.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam opened the exhibition, saying that Art Basel has helped build the city into a cultural hub: “The future looks extremely promising in cultural development in Hong Kong, and I welcome more of the arts people to come and enjoy our excitement.”

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Carrie Lam. Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

Art Basel runs from Thursday until Saturday.

art basel 2018 hong kong

Photo: HKFP/Catherine Lai.

art basel 2018 hong kong

Photo: HKFP/Catherine Lai.

art basel 2018 hong kong

Photo: HKFP/Catherine Lai.

art basel 2018 hong kong

Photo: HKFP/Catherine Lai.

art basel 2018 hong kong

Photo: HKFP/Catherine Lai.

art basel 2018 hong kong

Photo: HKFP/Catherine Lai.

art basel 2018 hong kong

Photo: HKFP/Catherine Lai.

art basel 2018 hong kong

Photo: HKFP/Catherine Lai.

art basel 2018 hong kong

Photo: HKFP/Catherine Lai.

art basel 2018 hong kong

Photo: HKFP/Catherine Lai.

art basel 2018 hong kong

Photo: HKFP/Catherine Lai.

art basel 2018 hong kong

Photo: HKFP/Catherine Lai.

art basel 2018 hong kong

Photo: HKFP/Catherine Lai.

art basel 2018 hong kong

Photo: HKFP/Catherine Lai.

art basel 2018 hong kong

Photo: HKFP/Catherine Lai.

art basel 2018 hong kong

Photo: Catherine Lai/HKFP.

art basel 2018 hong kong

Photo: HKFP/Catherine Lai.

HKFP Lens: Art Basel returns to Hong Kong with work from 248 galleries around the world