March 30, 2008 - ART HK - Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
March 30, 2008

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Li Wei, Mirror, Hong Kong, 2006
courtesy of 10 Chancery Lane Gallery and the artist

Hong Kong’s first international art fair in a decade
14 to 18 May (Preview 14 May)

Momentum is building for ART HK 08, Hong Kong’s first truly international art fair in a decade, which firmly establishes the city’s position as the centre of the art market in Asia. The inaugural fair is to be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 14 – 18 May 2008. The organisers have now announced the full list of galleries from 19 countries confirmed to exhibit.

Magnus Renfrew, Fair Director says “We are delighted to have signed-up such a prestigious roster of galleries. The Fair has received an overwhelming global response which we see as recognition of the fact that China is now firmly positioned as the third largest art market in the world. Hong Kong, with its unique gateway status between East and West, provides the perfect location for a new major fixture on the international
art calendar.”

Lehman Brothers, the global investment bank, is Lead Sponsor of the Fair.

Works for sale at ART HK 08 will range from blue chip work by well-known artists, to more accessible pieces by emerging artists. The Fair will also include a curated exhibition of new artistic talent from Hong Kong, a series of talks ‘Hong Kong Conversations’ organized the Asia Art Archive and guided tours throughout
the event.

On the opening day of the Fair, there will be an invitation-only preview, and the opening night reception, Vernissage, will aid the Hong Kong Cancer Fund. A one day conference organised by Asia Art Archive and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, entitled ‘Shifting Sites: Cultural Desire and the Museum’ takes place on the 17 May addressing the role of the museum in today’s cities. Speakers include Sheena Wagstaff, Chief Curator, Tate Modern and Yuko Hasegawa, Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo.

For the gallery list and more information

Fair Dates
Wednesday 14 May
Press/VIP Preview, 3-6pm (Invitation only)
Vernissage, 6-9pm (Invitation and pre-booked tickets only)

Thursday 15 – Sunday 18 May
General Opening, 11am to 7pm

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Tel +852 2918 8793

Lead Sponsor:
Lehman Brothers

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