Back to normal? Not quite yet—Art Basel Hong Kong reveals pared down 2023 exhibitor list and new director

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Art Basel Hong Kong has announced the exhibitors for its next edition, scheduled for 23 to 25 March 2023 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). This is the first edition of the fair to go ahead since Hong Kong lifted its mandatory hotel quarantine for inbound travellers in late September. From 22 November international arrivals must still undergo three days of medical surveillance, during which they are barred from certain venues, such as restaurants, bars and gyms. While exhibitors and other contractors will be able to enter the HKCEC during this period, collectors and other visitors cannot.

At 171 galleries, it is a significant increase from the 130 that showed at the 2022 edition, held in May, and the 109 that took part in 2021. Nonetheless, this is still far less than the 242-exhibitor peak reached at the fair’s 2019 edition. Meanwhile, Art Basel Miami Beach will stage its largest edition to date next month.

A number of prominent galleries will return to Hong Kong for the fair, some after a pandemic-induced hiatus. They include Victoria Miro, Thaddaeus Ropac, Kamel Mennour and Neugerriemschneider (the full exhibitor list can be found below). They are joined by 21 galleries making their Art Basel Hong Kong debut, such as Galerie Christophe Gaillard and Loevenbruck from Paris, Jan Kaps from Cologne, Gallery Vacancy from Shanghai, and Whistle from Seoul.

However, around 50 leading galleries that showed at the 2019 edition—the last before the pandemic—will not return. These include Blum & Poe, Goodman, Sadie Coles, Pilar Corrias, Lisson, Chemould Prescott Road, 303 Gallery, Thomas Dane, Chantal Crousel, Paula Cooper, Buccholz, Isabella Bortolozzi, Tanya Bonakdar, Sean Kelly and Andrew Kreps.

The fair also comes with a change in leadership: Adeline Ooi, Art Basel’s Asia director, will retain her title but pivot to “focus on steering the strategic development of Art Basel’s other initiatives in the region”, according to a press release, likely referring to MCH Group’s recent investment in ventures such as Art SG in Singapore and Art Week Tokyo.

Art Basel Hong Kong’s new director, Angelle Siyang-Le. Courtesy of Art Basel

Meanwhile the management of the Hong Kong fair will now be overseen by the new Art Basel Hong Kong director, Angelle Siyang-Le. She previously served as the brand’s former regional head of gallery relations, Asia, and head of development, Greater China.

“Hong Kong’s mandatory hotel quarantine policy lifted two months after the application process for the 2023 exhibitors,” Siyang-Lee tells The Art Newspaper, when asked why attendance will not match pre-pandemic levels. “Some galleries decided very late to apply, for others the travel rules relaxation simply came too far along in their planning process for next year.” Nonetheless, Siyang-Lee adds that this year she is looking forward to the fair’s “top-tier collectors’ first return since 2019”.

Art Basel Hong Kong 2023 will be the first year since the pandemic to hold full programming, including the Encounters section, dedicated to presenting large-scale sculptures and installations. A number of features and incentives offered to galleries to encourage participation—including remotely manned “ghost” booths and free storage in case of unexpected delays—will not be offered.

GALLERIES

10 Chancery Lane Gallery (Hong Kong)

47 Canal (New York)

A Thousand Plateaus Art Space (Chengdu)

Alisan Fine Arts (Hong Kong)

Sabrina Amrani (Madrid)

Anomaly (Tokyo)

Antenna Space (Shanghai)

Arario Gallery (Shanghai, Seoul, Cheonan)

Alfonso Artiaco (Naples)

Aye Gallery (Beijing)

Balice Hertling (Paris)

Gallery Baton (Seoul)

Beijing Commune (Beijing)

Blindspot Gallery (Hong Kong)

Ben Brown Fine Arts (Hong Kong, London, Palm Beach)

Cardi Gallery (Milan, London)

Carlos/Ishikawa (London)

Galería Cayón (Madrid, Manila, Menorca)

Ceysson & Bénétière (Lyon, Paris, Saint-Étienne, Koerich, New York, Geneva)

Yumiko Chiba Associates (Tokyo)

Galleria Continua (San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins, Havana, Rome, São Paulo, Paris, Dubai)

Massimo De Carlo (Paris, Hong Kong, Milan, London, Beijing)

de Sarthe (Hong Kong)

Dirimart (Istanbul)

Don Gallery (Shanghai)

Galerie du Monde (Hong Kong)

Galerie Eigen + Art (Berlin, Leipzig

Empty Gallery (Hong Kong)

Gallery Exit (Hong Kong)

Fost Gallery (Singapore)

Stephen Friedman Gallery (London)

Gagosian (Hong Kong, Paris, Athens, Rome, Basel, Geneva, Saanen, London, Los Angeles, New York)

Galerie Christophe Gaillard (Paris)

Gajah Gallery (Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Singapore)

François Ghebaly (Los Angeles, New York)

Grotto Fine Art (Hong Kong)

Hakgojae Gallery (Seoul)

Hanart TZ Gallery (Hong Kong)

Hauser & Wirth (Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, Somerset, Zurich, Gstaad, St. Moritz, Monaco, Menorca)

Herald St (London)

Galerie Max Hetzler (Paris, Berlin, London, Marfa)

High Art (Arles, Paris)

Hive Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing)

Xavier Hufkens (Brussels)

Ink Studio (Beijing, Seattle)

Taka Ishii Gallery (Tokyo, Hong Kong)

Johyun Gallery (Busan, Seoul)

Kaikai Kiki Gallery (Tokyo)

Jan Kaps (Cologne)

Karma (New York)

Kasmin (New York)

Tina Keng Gallery (Taipei)

Kiang Malingue (Hong Kong)

Richard Koh Fine Art (Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok)

David Kordansky Gallery (Los Angeles, New York)

Tomio Koyama Gallery (Tokyo)

Kukje Gallery (Seoul, Busan)

Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery (Hong Kong)

Pearl Lam Galleries (Hong Kong, Shanghai)

Simon Lee Gallery (Hong Kong, London)

Leeahn Gallery (Seoul, Daegu)

Lehmann Maupin (Seoul, London, New York)

LGDR (Paris, Hong Kong, London, New York)

Liang Gallery (Taipei)

Lin & Lin Gallery (Taipei, Beijing)

Loevenbruck (Paris)

Luhring Augustine (New York)

MadeIn Gallery (Shanghai)

Magician Space (Beijing)

Mayoral (Paris, Barcelona)

Mazzoleni (Turin, London)

Fergus McCaffrey (New York, Tokyo, Saint Barthélemy)

Galerie Greta Meert (Brussels)

Galerie Urs Meile (Beijing, Lucerne)

kamel mennour (Paris)

Meyer Riegger (Basel, Berlin, Karlsruhe)

Mind Set Art Center (Taipei)

Victoria Miro (London)

Misako & Rosen (Brussels, Tokyo)

Galerie Mitterrand (Paris)

Mizuma Art Gallery (Tokyo, Singapore, New York)

mor charpentier (Bogotá, Paris)

Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder (Vienna)

Helly Nahmad Gallery London (London)

Nanzuka (Tokyo)

Taro Nasu (Tokyo)

neugerriemschneider (Berlin)

Anna Ning Fine Art (Hong Kong)

One and J. Gallery (Seoul)

Ora-Ora (Hong Kong)

Ota Fine Arts (Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo)

Pace Gallery (Hong Kong, Seoul, Geneva, London, East Hampton, Los Angeles, New York, Palm Beach, Palo Alto)

Peres Projects (Berlin, Seoul, Milan)

Perrotin (Hong Kong, Shanghai, Paris, Tokyo, Seoul, Dubai, New York, Las Vegas)

Petzel (New York)

Pi Artworks (Istanbul, London)

PKM Gallery (Seoul)

Platform China (Beijing)

Polígrafa Obra Gràfica (Barcelona)

Proyectos Monclova (Mexico City)

Almine Rech (Brussels, Shanghai, Paris, London, New York)

ROH Projects (Jakarta)

Thaddaeus Ropac (Salzburg, Paris, Seoul, London)

Rossi & Rossi (Hong Kong)

SCAI The Bathhouse (Tokyo)

ShanghART Gallery (Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore)

Shibunkaku (Kyoto)

Misa Shin Gallery (Tokyo)

ShugoArts (Tokyo)

Sies + Höke (Düsseldorf)

Soka Art (Beijing, Tainan, Taipei)

Star Gallery (Beijing)

STPI (Singapore)

Take Ninagawa (Tokyo)

Tang Contemporary Art (Beijing, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Seoul)

Timothy Taylor (London, New York)

TKG⁺ (Taipei)

Tokyo Gallery + BTAP (Tokyo, Beijing)

Vadehra Art Gallery (New Delhi)

Venus Over Manhattan (New York)

Vitamin Creative Space (Guangzhou, Beijing)

Waddington Custot (London)

White Cube (Hong Kong, London)

White Space (Beijing)

Galerie Jocelyn Wolff (Paris)

Yavuz Gallery (Sydney, Singapore)

Zeno X Gallery (Antwerp)

Zilberman Gallery (Berlin, Istanbul)

David Zwirner (New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong)

INSIGHTS

Asia Art Center (Taipei, Beijing)

Lucie Chang Fine Arts (Hong Kong)

Denny Dimin Gallery (New York, Hong Kong)

Flowers Gallery (Hong Kong, London)

Yoshiaki Inoue Gallery (Osaka)

Kosaku Kanechika (Tokyo)

Gallery Kogure (Tokyo)

Leo Gallery (Shanghai, Hong Kong

Mizoe Art Gallery (Fukuoka, Tokyo)

Kotaro Nukaga (Tokyo)

Pifo Gallery (Beijing)

rin art association (Takasaki)

Takuro Someya Contemporary Art (Tokyo)

Gallery Vazieux (Paris)

Axel Vervoordt Gallery (Wijnegem, Hong Kong)

Wooson (Daegu)

Yiri Arts (Taipei)

YOD Gallery (Osaka, Tokyo)

Yutaka Kikutake (Tokyo)

DISCOVERIES

Capsule Shanghai (Shanghai)

CLC Gallery Venture (Beijing)

Commonwealth and Council (Mexico City, Los Angeles)

Galerie Crèvecœur (Paris)

Anat Ebgi (Los Angeles)

Gallery2 (Jeju, Seoul)

Jason Haam (Seoul)

Vida Heydari Contemporary (Pune)

In Lieu (Los Angeles)

Jhaveri Contemporary (Mumbai)

Maho Kubota Gallery (Tokyo)

Umberto di Marino (Naples)

moniquemeloche (Chicago)

Mou Projects (Hong Kong)

Nova Contemporary (Bangkok)

Retro Africa (Abuja)

SMAC Art Gallery (Cape Town)

Catinca Tabacaru (Bucharest)

Tarq (Mumbai)

Gallery Vacancy (Shanghai)

Vanguard Gallery (Shanghai)

Vin Gallery (Ho Chi Minh City)

Whistle (Seoul)

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