ART HK CEMENTS ROLE AS ASIA’S GATEWAY TO
INTERNATIONAL ART MARKET
Hong Kong, 26 January 2010 – ART HK, Hong Kong International Art Fair is returning for its
third year at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) from 27 - 30 May 2010.
Leveraging international acclaim garnered in previous years, ART HK 10 will serve as the
coveted gateway to the international art market, giving Mainland Chinese visitors access to toplevel
international art while simultaneously showcasing the work of some of the region’s – and
China’s – most innovative contemporary and modern artists. Sponsored by Deutsche Bank, ART
HK 10 will present a strengthened exhibitor line-up, affirming its position as the leading art fair in
Recognised as “the biggest international art fair in a decade” by the Financial Times, ART HK
leads the Asia region’s art fair line-up as it continues to build in size and quality.
As China’s middle income group is expected to reach 600 million people by 2020, the region is
certain to see a continued interest in art as a form of investment.1
In the last two years, ART HK has evolved into a major event on the international art calendar.
The fact that there are no taxes on the import or export of art, combined with the role of the city
as an easily accessible travel hub to Asia’s creative powerhouses such as Mainland China, Japan
and Korea are but a few reasons as to why Hong Kong has fast become Asia’s primary
destination for art.
Magnus Renfrew, Fair Director, ART HK, is delighted with the success of ART HK 08 and ART
HK 09 and looks forward to continued growth, particularly from Mainland China: “We are excited
that the role of ART HK takes an even bigger step forward in 2010 with the support of Deutsche
Bank ” he explained. “We’re delighted to not only feature more work from the region, but to
welcome more guests from Mainland China to actively participate in the growing Asian art scene
that ART HK 10 will continue to nurture and promote.”
Beyond its role as a conduit for facilitating an appreciation and an interest in art, ART HK attracts
an eclectic mix of international collectors, dealers, curators and museum directors. “The calibre of
galleries that ART HK has been able to secure has attracted an impressive number of VIPs from
across the region,” explains Richard Chang, an Advisory Board member of ART HK and major art
collector. “ART HK has not only proved itself to be a leading international fair, but a must for
those looking to connect with the major participants of the art world.”
The price point of the artwork exhibited at ART HK ranges from a few thousand up to a few
million US dollars, and attracts visitors ranging from novice art investors to seasoned aficionados.
Guided tours conducted in Mandarin will be available for visitors from the Mainland.
In addition to works by renowned international artists such as Damien Hirst, Pablo Picasso, and
Francis Bacon, ART HK 10 will showcase works by leading contemporary Chinese artists such as
Xu Bing and Zhang Xiaogang and will also feature work by emerging artists hailing from across
This year’s fair sees a strong line up of exhibiting galleries from China including aye gallery, Aye •
Eaststation Gallery, Beijing Art Now Gallery, Beijing Commune, Boers-Li Gallery, Contrasts
Gallery, Eastlink Gallery, F2 Gallery, Hwa’s Gallery, Long March Space, Pace Beijing, Pékin Fine
Arts, Red Gate Gallery and ShanghART Gallery.
ART HK 10 will also feature solo presentations from a number of the world’s most respected
artists from the Asia region including Yoshitomo Nara, Liu Ye and Aya Takano. A number of the
international gallery scene’s crème de la crème also confirmed to date include Lisson Gallery,
Gagosian Gallery, White Cube, Leo Castelli Gallery, James Cohan Gallery, Emmanuel Perrotin
and Lehman Maupin Gallery.
Since the Fair’s inception, ART HK welcomed nearly 50,000 visitors altogether in 2008 and 2009,
from both Asia and across the board. ART HK 09 hosted a total of 115 galleries from 24 countries,
and the fair space increased by one-third over its inaugural year.
ART HK 10 continues to take the role as an educator of art and open its space for up and coming
artists. Dedicated to showcasing the work of emerging artists from new galleries less than five
years old, ART FUTURES will provide an opportunity for guests to see something new, fresh and
exciting. Galleries from the mainland including 140sqm Gallery and Y++/Wada Fine Arts will be
part of ART FUTURES. The Fair will also play host to a number of education programmes
including lectures, forums and panel discussions organised by the Asia Art Archive (a non-profit
research centre in Hong Kong dedicated to visual art).
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong will be the partner hotel of ART HK 10 and will offer a number of
package deals for fair visitors. For enquiries, please contact +852 2588 1234.