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Art Basel returns to Hong Kong, smaller with more local artists

Art Basel Hong Kong returned to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre last week for the first time in two years with a hybrid exhibition of online activities and a smaller display.

The annual art exhibition featured 104 galleries from 23 countries with more local and Asian art this year.

“This fair seems to have a kind of feeling of excitement maybe. It’s like a lot of people are feeling the spring time and they want to come out,” said Kaitlin Chan, an associate at Empty Gallery.

According to Ms Chan, the attendance this year was strong.

Announcements say there are many visitors inside the exhibition.

“The circumstances of having an art fair at this stage amid the pandemic is that people are eager to do something different from their usual routine,” she added.

Visitors look at mask paintings by Chinese artist Zhang Yanzi.
“We feel happy to go out under the pandemic,” said one of the children.

Mrs Ren, 74, an art lover and collector from Taiwan, said she attends the exhibition every year to learn and purchase modern art pieces by young artists.

“Because these antique paintings should be kept in museums for appreciation, they cannot affect your life. So I discovered paintings by young people create an environment affecting emotions,” she said.

Paintings drawn by 52-year-old British visual artist David Shrigley.
“Fun Bag”, created by 30-year-old Canadian visual artist Victoria Sin Wai-kin, alludes to the use of silicone breast plates by drag queens and bionic enhancement of the human body where body forms are no longer dedicated by genetic and biological predisposition.

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