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The Countdown Begins… One Week until Art Central Kicks off Hong Kong Art Week

March 15, 2016 Destination North Asia No Comments Print Print Email Email

unnamed (19)In just one week, the second edition of Art Central will be unveiled during Hong Kong Art Week. Adding a fresh new dimension, Art Central kicks off with ‘First Night’ which gives collectors and art enthusiasts a first glimpse of the fair.

 Art Central returns to the Central Harbourfront from 23-26 March (First Night 21 March, VIP Preview 22 March), showcasing over 100 galleries from 21 countries with 75% hailing from greater Asia. A fair with a distinctly Asian edge, the gallery list is complemented by an ambitious program that includes large-scale installations, engaging panel discussions and performance art, along with some of Hong Kong’s hottest eateries. A site of discovery for both art lovers and seasoned collectors alike, Art Central 2016 is set to raise the bar with Hong Kong’s most dynamic art fair experience.

 Maree Di Pasquale, Fair Director, says “The inaugural Art Central cemented itself as a highlight of the annual art calendar, exceeding expectations on all fronts. Embraced both locally and internationally, Art Central has helped to further establish Hong Kong as a global arts destination, with an Art Week that rivals the likes of London, Paris and Miami.”

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Almond Chu, Parade #15 2015, Photo, 120×200, courtesy of the artist and La Galerie Paris 1839(Hong Kong)

“Art Central 2016 will present a strong selection of museum quality works alongside some of the most exciting emerging artists from the region and around the world. With increased representation from Asia and an expanded public program that promises to engage and entertain, Art Central has everyone from the art-loving public to the seasoned collector in mind”.

Art Central’s ‘First Night’ will offer a first glimpse of the fair from 5pm – 9pm on Monday 21 March, and will mark the first time the fair opens to the public at night. Tickets (available via artcentralhongkong.com) give visitors a chance to celebrate the launch of the fair’s second edition with an evening of art and performance set against the magnificent backdrop of the iconic Victoria Harbour.

Also new for 2016 are three curated projects, MEDIA X MUMM in partnership with G.H Mumm Champagne, ROUNDTABLE X 4A (curated by 4A Centre for Contemporary Art, Sydney) and SCREEN X EXPERIMENTA (curated by Gina Wong Director of Experimenta, Hong Kong). Projects present new media, digital, and live art (MEDIA X MUMM); an engaging discussion, interactive roundtable and performance series (ROUNDTABLE X 4A); and a curated platform for emerging experimental and narrative motion picture filmmakers (SCREEN X EXPERIMENTIA).

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Art Central Street Food Area 2015

“Along with a strong line up of galleries that includes many new leading international names, Art Central also plays host to some of Art Week’s best restaurants and bars as it highlights the social element of Art Week” said Maree.

The fair’s second edition showcases Hong Kong’s hottest new eatery Belon, the neo-Parisian bistro helmed by the rising culinary star, James Henry. Also new to the fair is the MEDIA X MUMM CHAMPAGNE BAR by official Champagne partner, G.H.Mumm, and an expanded Street Food area which includes the 2016 Absolut Art Bar (The Absolut Ashram of Guru Jimmy).

Tickets to Art Central are available for sale online via HK Ticketing with two for one on advanced tickets available for a limited time only.

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