Art Basel – Hong Kong
May 15 – 18, 2014
Art Basel in Hong Kong assumes a significant role in the international art world, providing a portal to the region's artists. The new show gives galleries from around the world a platform in Asia to demonstrate the way they work with artists, and bring their highest quality work to Hong Kong.
Known as the gateway between the East and West, Hong Kong ranks among the world's most dynamic international capitals. A 21st century metropolis, it is a port city with a vast skyline rising above its bustling Victoria Harbour. In addition to the many museums, concert halls, and performance spaces, a vibrant melting pot of cultures makes Hong Kong a place of endless exploration.
CHAO Chung-hsiang (1910 Henan China-1991 Taiwan) 趙春翔
Chinyee (born 1929 Nanjing China, currently lives in New York) 青意
GAO Xingjian (born 1940 Ganzhou China, currently lives in Paris) 高行健
MAN Fung-yi (born 1968 Hong Kong) 文鳳儀
MOK Yat-san (born 1968 China) 莫一新
Walasse TING (1928 Wuxi China-2010 New York) 丁雄泉
Fabienne VERDIER (born 1962 Paris, currently lives in Paris) 法比恩•維迪爾
John WAY (1921 Shanghai China-2012 USA) 魏樂唐
XU Lei (born 1963 Jiangsu China, currently lives in Beijing) 徐累
XUE Song (born 1965 Anhui China, currently lives in Shanghai) 薛松
Alisan Fine Arts, founded in 1981 by Alice King, is one of the first professionally run galleries in Hong Kong. The gallery focuses on promoting Chinese artists living overseas and in the mainland. During the past 30 years, it has organized over 100 exhibitions in Hong Kong and abroad, making it a pioneer in introducing Chinese contemporary art to collectors at large.
In 1987, the gallery organized the landmark exhibition “A State of Transition, Contemporary Paintings from Shanghai” which included fourteen artists such as Chen Jialing, Li Shan, Zhang Guiming, and Zhang Jianjun at the Hong Kong Arts Centre. The gallery was also the first to organize a solo exhibition of Zao Wou-ki's works in Hong Kong in 1993 and since then has held five more solo exhibitions for the acclaimed artist. Alisan has also organized solo exhibitions for well-known artists Chu Teh-chun, Walasse Ting and manages the estate of Chao Chung-hsiang.
While concentrating on contemporary Chinese painters, the gallery has also staged exhibitions for a few select Western artists. In 1995 the gallery was instrumental in bringing French sculptor Bernar Venet’s exhibition to the Shanghai Museum, and French artist Richard Texier to the French May Festival in Hong Kong in 2007, as well as French woman artist Fabienne Verdier in 2014. Continued effort has been made for gallery artists to be included in museum collections.
At our booth, we are focusing on contemporary Chinese art by seven well known Chinese artists from overseas and mainland China. Works include: US based artists Chao Chung-hsiang's colourful and black and white birds and fish, Walasse Ting's fluorescent flowers and women, Chinyee's lyrical oil & watercolour, and John Way's abstract calligraphy on canvas. Paris based Nobel Prize winner, Gao Xingjian's recent ink painting and works by two well known mainland Chinese artists, Xue Song and Xu Lei will also be on display.
French abstract artist Fabienne Verdier's rare original prints are concurrently exhibited at the gallery as well as at our booth 3C39 as part of French May Festival 2014.
In addition, some sculptures by Hong Kong artists Man Fung-yi and Mok Yat-san are also showcased.