Contemporary Art Scene Coming Alive in Hong Kong

Kung Fu film star Bruce Lee statue, The Avenue of Stars, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China, AsiaHong Kong is settling back down after the unrest and pro-democracy protests that shook its communities several months ago. It seems that Hong Kong can now entertain more fulfilling lifestyle activities, which is evident in the thriving contemporary art scene that has been slowly growing in popularity.
Soon, in the spring of 2015, Art Basel Hong Kong will return for the third time on March 15th through the 17th. Art Basel Hong Kong is a contemporary art exhibit with hundreds of international galleries and thousands of highly acclaimed artists. Some very well-known New York Artists along with their art galleries have opened at the event in Hong Kong; Gagosian, Pace, Galerie Perrotin and Lehmann Maupin are a few.

A recent article in the New York Post quotes David Maupin as saying that Hong Kong historically is a place “where cultures collide, do trade and meet. There’s a lot of potential for it to continue to grow into an international art center.” In the past Hong Kong has struggled to keep pace with Mainland China’s contemporary art scene but recently has seen quite the growth in art expansion. Galleries, studios, and “creative incubators” fill the Hong Kong neighborhood with artistic culture.

Presently a contemporary arts center, M+, is being built in Hong Kong. The art museum spans nearly 200,000-square-foot and will cost around $3 billion when complete. The contemporary art center will be completed in 2017. M+ is the new museum for visual culture in Hong Kong, as part of West Kowloon Cultural District, focusing on 20th and 21st century art, design and architecture and moving image.



Image Courtesy of: NY Post