Art Basel Hong Kong
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Visual Arts Focus

Online French Encounters Art Basel Hong Kong

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From 19 May 2021 to 21 May 2021
Online French Encounters, an online visual arts FOCUS presented by the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau and the Institut français in partnership with the contemporary art fair Art Basel Hong Kong.

Professionals coming mainly from Asia, France and elsewhere, directors of institutions, exhibition curators, are invited to digital meetings programmed over three days and including:

  • live visits of the fair and exhibition place in Hong Kong (museums, galleries, art centres, non profit art spaces) with Hong Kong professionals
  • visits of French and Hong Kong artists’ studios, as well as conversations between artists and curators online
  • digital meetings with professionals from the French and Asian scenes.
  • B2B on demand from 1 to 4 June

Invited Curators

Fumiko Nakamura Fumiko Nakamura, Curator, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan © DR
ZHAO Rong ZHAO Rong, Deputy Director, Design Society, new cultural platform for design, Shenzhen, China © DR
Anushka Rajendran Anushka Rajendran, Curator at Prameya Art Foundation of Asian Curatorial Forum (New Dehli India), Curator of Colomboscope 2021 interdisciplinary arts festival (Sri Lanka) © DR
Bellina Erby Bellina Erby, ruangrupa collective, Artistic Direction Assistance for documenta 15, Jakarta, Indonesia © DR
Seiha Kurosawa Seiha Kurosawa, Co-curator, Thailand Biennale 2021 in Korat, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan © DR
Junya Yamamine Junya Yamamine, Co-director, Foundation Art Acceleration Tokyo, Japan © DR
Rahel Joseph Rahel Joseph, Director of ILHAM Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia © DR
Haeju Kim Haeju Kim, Deputy Director, Artsonje centre, Seoul, South Korea © DR
Natasha Ginwala Natasha Ginwala, Associate Curator at Gropius Bau Berlin, Artistic Director of Colomboscope - interdisciplinary arts festival, Artistic Director of 13th Gwangju Biennale with Defne Ayas © Ruvin de Silva
Gaël Charbau Gaël Charbau, Curator, Emerige Foundation Revelations Grants, Paris / Artistic Director for Visual Arts, future Olympic Games Paris 2024 © DR
Sébastien Delot Sébastien Delot, Director and Curator, LaM – Museum of modern, contemporary and outsider art, Villeneuve d’Ascq – Lille © Alexandre Traisnel
Keren Detton Keren Detton, Director, FRAC Grand Large, Dunkirk © Pierre Volot, Ville de Dunkerque
Yoann Gourmel Yoann Gourmel, Curator, Palais de Tokyo, Paris © DR
Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel, Director Lafayette Anticipations Foundation, Paris © Chloé Magdelaine Lafayette Anticipations
Matthieu Lelièvre Matthieu Lelièvre, Artistic Counselor, macLYON, MAC-Museum of Contemporary Art Lyon, Director of the Lyon Biennale © DR


Art Basel 1

#1 Conversation between French artist Laurent Grasso and Donatien Grau, artistic advisor at Musée d’Orsay

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Art Basel 2

#2 Talk with Aidan Li, Head of K11 Art Foundation, Theodora Barat, French artist and Angel Leung, Programs Manager at Videotage.

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Art Basel 3

#3 Conversation between Hong Kong based artist Kingsley Ng and Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel, Director of the Foundation Anticipations Lafayette. Introduction by Sylvie Boulanger, Director of the CNEAI= Paris

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Focus Art based 5.1
  • #5 Partie 1 : Conversation entre l'artiste philippine Xyza Cruz Bacani, basée à Hong Kong et John Tain, responsable de la recherche à AAA

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Focus Art Basel 5.2

#5 Partie 2 : Conversation entre l'artiste française Gaëlle Choisne et Thomas Conchou (commissaire indépendant et médiateur pour les Nouveaux Commissaires de la Fondation de France). Introduction par Anais Roesch de AWARE

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Art basel 6

#6 Larys Frogier presenting the exhibition Curtain at Para Site and Mathieu Copeland presenting the exhibition Cuttings at Hermes Foundation Tokyo.

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Art Basel Hong Kong

#7 M+ Museum Hong kong designed by Herzog & De Meuron : guided tour with Suhanya Raffel, Director of Museum M+ and Dr Lesley Ma, Curator at M+


Moderation: Adeline Blanchard, Visual Arts Project Manager, Institut français

Focus Art Basel 8

#8 : Visite de l'exposition personnelle de Laurent Grasso à Perrotin Hong Kong avec le directeur de la galerie, Uli Huang

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Focus Art Basel 9

#9: Visite guidée d'Art Basel Hong Kong avec Angelle Siyang-le, responsable des relations avec les galeries

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Modératrice: Adeline Blanchard, Cheffe de projet Arts visuels, Institut français

Art Basel Hong Kong

The 2021 edition of Art Basel Hong Kong has been postponed to May and it will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) from May 21 to May 23, 2021, with preview days on May 19 and May 20, 2021.

This decision was taken in close consultation with gallerists, collectors, partners, and external experts, with the goal of ensuring that the fair will be attended by the largest possible number of collectors, curators, and arts professionals from Art Basel's global network, while protecting the health and safety of everyone concerned.

Adeline Ooi, Director Asia, Art Basel said: ‘We believe shifting the fair to May is the right decision given the current development of the pandemic and its impact on international travel restrictions. By taking the decision early, our aim is to support our galleries in advance planning for their 2021 programs. We very much look forward to hosting our show in May and to welcoming gallerists, collectors, and art lovers back to Hong Kong at that time.’

Further details on the fair as well as the names of participating galleries will be announced soon.

Visual Arts Focus in figures

FOCUS is a major influence plan for artistic scouting to feed the programmes of prescribing foreign partners and to contribute to better distribution of French artists.

The Visual Arts FOCUS consists of bringing together a delegation of foreign contemporary art professionals over several days around an artistic circuit in Paris and regions. Since 2010, they have successfully generated:

  • the distribution of more than 135 French artists
  • more than 150 exhibition projects in the world
  • the invitation of more than 270 international curators in France