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Art Basel Kicks Off A Month Dedicated To The Arts In Hong Kong

May 27, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at China Weekly News -- Art Basel Hong Kong, one of the world's most prestigious international art fairs, will return for its second installment in Hong Kong from May 15 to 18, showcasing 245 of the world's most influential art galleries spanning from 39 countries and territories across Asia, Europe, North and South America. Described as the "Olympics of the Art World", this year's second annual Art Basel Hong Kong will welcome global art aficionados to immerse in the best of Asian and Western art. The second annual show will be presented in four separate show sectors: Galleries, Insights, Discoveries and Encounters. New to Art Basel Hong Kong this year will be a film section promoting Hong Kong's rich heritage of film and video arts.

The inaugural Art Basel Hong Kong, which took place in 2013, prominently placed Asia's World City on the international art map. More than 60,000 patrons, including private collectors and directors of leading international museums, attended last year's fair, which showcased more than 3,000 artists - half of which were from the Asia-Pacific region alone. To differentiate itself from the other Art Basel shows, the Hong Kong show maintains a 50-50 ratio of galleries from Asia and from the rest of the world.

"Due to the success of the inaugural Art Basel Hong Kong in 2013, Hong Kong has already positioned itself as Asia's art capital," said Bill Flora, U.S. Director of Hong Kong Tourism Board. "With an incredible array of world-class museums, galleries and performance venues, Hong Kong is one of the world's premiere art destinations."

Capitalizing on Art Basel Hong Kong, and the menagerie of arts and cultural events happening in May, the Hong Kong Tourism Board has designated the month "Arts Month", beckoning global art lovers to visit Asia's World City to experience Hong Kong's vast and contemporary arts scene.

Keywords for this news article include: Asia, China, Travel, Hong Kong Tourism Board.

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Source: China Weekly News

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