Fine Art Asia 2020 thrives despite the pandemic
27-30 November 2020
Fine Art Asia 2020, Asia’s leading international fine art fair, which was originally scheduled for October, will now be held from Friday 27 November to Monday 30 November 2020, with a Preview on Thursday, 26 November 2020, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Fine Art Asia 2020 is recognised by the international art world as the most distinguished annual fine art fair in the region. Founded in 2006, the fair attracts leading Hong Kong and international galleries, and provides an unrivalled platform for art and antiques in Asia. As usual, Fine Art Asia 2020 showcases museum-quality Asian and Western antiques, jewellery, modern and contemporary art, as well as a spectacular array of ink art.
In light of the continued unprecedented challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic this year, Fine Art Asia 2020 will focus more on Hong Kong’s galleries and art institutions with the intention of presenting a home-grown but diverse art fair to the public. At the same time, both of our online and offline activities will keep the fair connected with worldwide audience of collectors and art lovers.
Launch of “Hong Kong Spotlight by Art Basel”
This year Fine Art Asia is pleased to collaborate with Art Basel and to welcome the Hong Kong Spotlight by Art Basel (Hong Kong Spotlight) at Fine Art Asia 2020. Hong Kong Spotlight supports and brings together the city’s visual arts community, creating an opportunity to experience art and exchange ideas in person. It will be a showcase presenting galleries that have exhibition spaces in Hong Kong and that have exhibited in previous editions of Art Basel Hong Kong. Further details will be announced in the coming weeks.
Renowned antique exhibitors returning to Fine Art Asia include Rossi & Rossi (London/Hong Kong) showing Chinese and Himalayan antiques and works of art; while Barrère Hong Kong presenting Chinese Buddhist sculpture; Martin Fung Ltd. (Hong Kong) exhibiting Chinese lacquer; and Rasti Chinese Art (Hong Kong) with Chinese antiques and jades.
In the art section, Hanart TZ Gallery (Hong Kong) showcases modern and contemporary art and sculpture by renowned Chinese artists; Grotto Fine Arts (Hong Kong) exhibits 11 Hong Kong artists including Koon Wai-bong (b.1974) and Yau Wing-fung (b.1990); Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery (Hong Kong) presents ink paintings by Li Hua-yi (b.1948) and Pong Gong-kai (b.1947); and YEWN (Hong Kong) with art jewellery and contemporary art.
To implement the philosophy of cross-collecting at Fine Art Asia, this year Maria Kiang Chinese Art (Hong Kong) and Chelesa Art Co. Ltd. (Hong Kong/Shanghai) proudly present the 2nd edition of Convergence at the fair. Integrating fine Art and design, the collaborative exhibition showcases a tightly curated selection of refined Chinese scholar’s objects with an exceptional series of contemporary works by Ren Zhong (b.1976) and Adrian Choi Design Studio.
The photography section curated by Boogie Woogie Photography (Hong Kong) presents an eclectic selection of artworks from vintage to contemporary. For its 5th participation in Fine Art Asia, Boogie Woogie Photography will explore themes of women and Mother Nature by presenting works by emerging and established photographers such as Raymond Cauchetier (b.1920) and Stephanie Cheng (b.1995).
The Ink Society presents a special exhibition, A Tribute to Luis Chan (1905-1995), who was one of Hong Kong’s most original mid-20th century artists whose art reflects the city’s identity and environment of the time. The exhibition presents a selection of paintings that highlights Luis Chan’s artistic achievements from his prolific career which spanned 60 years, beginning with his watercolour senses of Hong Kong, to his fantasy landscapes and later abstractions.
As the Education Partner of Fine Art Asia 2020, The Ink Society once again hosts an Academic Programme of lectures and seminars by art experts from Hong Kong, strengthening academic discussion and interaction between scholars, galleries and collectors.
Fine Art Asia puts the health and safety of its exhibitors and visitors first. The layout of the fair will be changed this year, with new measures introduced to ensure appropriate social distancing and the safety of all concerned.
Andy Hei, Founder and Director of Fine Art Asia, said,
“Even though the art world is currently facing unprecedented difficulties, the whole art community is becoming even more united. Everyone has been constantly making new initiatives to support galleries and artists, including various online projects; however, we believe that a physical fair is more important. We are happy to be able to host the fair in November. Meanwhile, we have also invited Art Basel Hong Kong to present “Hong Kong Spotlight” at the fair this year, as we believe that the juxtaposition of ancient, modern and contemporary art from East and West can provide opportunities for new and engaging conversations.”