Art Basel Hong Kong: Speaker Series and Exhibition

March 18, 2016

Swire Properties and LA-based United Talent Agency (UTA) Fine Arts will be launching a curated programme of art, architecture, and talks at Art Basel in Hong Kong between 24-26 March 2016. Together, Swire Properties and UTA Fine Arts will present museum-quality exhibitions and interactive programming, introducing some of today’s most important international art world personalities to Hong Kong audiences.

Events include: a public exhibition by artist Larry Bell at Pacific Place; a Lounge at Art Basel in Hong Kong designed by acclaimed Paris-based architect Hugh Dutton; and a series of panel discussions featuring art and fashion world luminaries including Tobias Berger, Derek Blasberg, Jeffrey Deitch, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Kulapat Yantrasast, among others.

“Pacific Red” by Larry Bell

An exhibition of new work by legendary American artist Larry Bell will be installed in the mall and The Upper House at Pacific Place. One of the most significant artists associated both with Minimalism and the Light and Space movement, Bell’s “Pacific Red” will feature three large-scale reflective glass cubes—which first debuted in 1969—in red, advancing his narrative to turn air and light into an aesthetic object. Each will send a shimmering, immersive effect throughout the space and are completed as artworks when an individual interacts with them. This presentation of Bell’s work in Pacific Place capitalises on Swire Properties’ desire to bring art to audiences who may not otherwise have opportunities to experience it. The exhibition is free to the public, from 19 March to 17 April 2016.

Swire Properties Lounge at Art Basel Designed by Hugh Dutton

British architect Hugh Dutton will debut an installation for the Swire Properties Lounge at Art Basel in Hong Kong. Drawn from the design of his groundbreaking Climate Ribbon™ at Swire Properties’ Brickell City Centre development in Miami, Florida, Dutton’s structure echoes Swire Properties’ commitment to environmental sustainability by creating a floating ribbon in a figure eight, a symbol of infinity and continuity. The suspended ribbon consists of translucent fabric stretched on a lightweight frame. The Swire Properties Lounge at Art Basel will be located on the Level 1 Concourse opposite the Hall 1C entrance of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Speaker Series at Swire Properties Lounge at Art Basel in Hong Kong

Throughout the week of Art Basel in Hong Kong, Swire Properties will host a speaker series in its Lounge, aimed at exploring topics such as architecture, the arts, and commerce. The current schedule of talks, open to all fair visitors, will feature a stellar line-up of speakers including Hans Ulrich Obrist, Jeffrey Deitch, Georgina Adam, Derek Blasberg, Kulapat Yantrasast, Josh Roth and Tobias Berger, among others.

Wednesday, March 23, 11:00 AM 

Temporary Architecture

Moderated by Georgina Adam, Author, art market editor-at-large for The Art Newspaper, and art market columnist for The Financial Times

Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-director of exhibitions and programmes and director of International Projects at the Serpentine Gallery
Kulapat Yantrasast, Founding partner and creative director of wHY Architecture
Robbie Antonio, Collector, and founder of Revolution Pre-Crafted
Marisa Yiu, Director and founding partner of ESKYIU

Wednesday, March 23, 2:00 PM

Artist Larry Bell in Conversation with Architect Hugh Dutton
Moderated by Graham Steele, Senior Director at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel

Thursday, March 24, 11:00 AM

After Murakami: Artistic Disruption and Fashion
Moderated by Benjamin Eymere, Publisher of L’Officiel

Jeffrey Deitch, Curator, art dealer, and advisor
Derek Blasberg, Fashion writer, editor and New York Times best-selling author
William Zhao, Independent curator, critic, and consultant
Diana D’Arenberg, Fashion and art critic and independent curator
Alexander Gilkes, Founder of Paddle8

Friday, March 25, 2:30 PM 

Art in Malls: When Public Space Becomes the Institution
Moderated by Alexandra Seno, Development Director of Asia Art Archive

Josh Roth, Head of UTA Fine Arts
Tobias Berger, Head of Art at Central Police Station
Aric Chen, Curator of Design and Architecture at M+

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