130 galleries from 28 different countries will soon be meeting at the Hong Kong Convention Center for a new edition of Art Basel (until 29 May): David Zwirner, Lehman Maupin, Hauser & Wirth, Ben Brown Fine Arts and many other remarkable galleries made the trip. To stand out, the strategic choices of each gallery are very different. Here are a few that caught our attention:
The Gagosian has bet on abundance and diversity with some thirty international artists, bringing to its stand works by artists like Georg Baselitz, Louise Bonnet, Edmund de Waal , Urs Fischer, Katharina Grosse, Mark Grotjahn, Jennifer Guidi, Simon Hantaï, Hao Liang, Damien Hirst, Thomas Houseago, Tetsuya Ishida, Alex Israel, Ewa Juszkiewicz, Rick Lowe, Takashi Murakami, Albert Oehlen, Nam June Paik, Giuseppe Penone, Rudolf Polanszky, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Jenny Saville, Jim Shaw, Rudolf Stingel, Spencer Sweeney, Rachel Whiteread and Zeng Fanzhi.
Hauser & Wirth gallery may well open the show with a sold out since the works reserved for Art Basel have been in public preview on the gallery’s website for several days. There are notably works by Rita Ackermann, Louise Bourgeois, George Condo, Roni Horn, Camille Henrot, William Kentridge, Annie Leibovitz… some forty works at prices ranging from $25,000 to more than $2.6 million (where indicated…).
The Marlborough gallery is proud to present a major work by the German artist Anselm Kiefer and devotes a whole 12-page document to the artist recalling that Kiefer is also honored at the current Venice Biennale, being exhibited at the Sala dello Scrutinio and at the Sala della Quarantia Civil Nova at the Palazzo Ducale with fourteen floor-to-ceiling paintings that explore cycles of destruction and transformation.
The French gallery Ceysson & Benetière is betting on a solo show for Tania Mouraud. A choice that should benefit this great artist whose auction market is currently still 100% Franco-French.
The Pace Gallery is highlighting Asian artists, including the Chinese artists Zhang Xiaogang, Song Dong, Hong Hao, Yin Xiuzhen, Li Songsong and Qiu Xiaofei, the Japanese artist Kohei Nawa and the Korean artist Lee Kun-Yong. It is also affirming its commitment to new digital projects by presenting NFTs by Zhang Huan, Glenn Kaino and Lucas Samaras.
The White Cube is maintaining the suspense until the last minute, revealing nothing of its selection under an online countdown ticking off the seconds until the opening of the show… Their selection will be revealed in two days.