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CURAGENDA'S ART BASEL HONG KONG & BEIJING VIP INSIDER ART EXPEDITION

Helen Wu

image courtesy Art Basel

image courtesy Art Basel

Curagenda is delighted to announce its inaugural four-city art expedition to coincide with the fifth edition of Art Basel Hong Kong. The Art Basel Hong Kong and Beijing Art Expedition will offer a 2-part 9-day journey, with 5 days in Hong Kong, 4 days in Beijing, and a 1-day Pearl River Delta excursion. The experience will include an insider VIP program of Hong Kong, expert guided trip to Beijing, and a special tour to Shenzhen and Guangzhou. This exceptional art travel program put together by Curagenda Specialists will feature citywide highlights of Art Basel’s VIP program, as well as insider events from tastemakers in Hong Kong, and the best of contemporary art and cultural heritage in Beijing. 

“Curagenda wants to show the diversity and contrasts happening today in the most exciting cities in China. With roots in Guangzhou and family in Hong Kong, I’m very excited to be able to share my personal insight into the culture of the region.” – Helen Homan Wu, founder Curagenda 

Exclusive Access to Duddell's Private Art Club by Curagenda 

Exclusive Access to Duddell's Private Art Club by Curagenda 

Art Basel has contributed to making Hong Kong one of the most important hubs for contemporary art in Asia. The city has seen a significant increase in the number of art spaces, artists and collectors, influencing the quality and diversity of the regional art scene. Curagenda’s carefully crafted itinerary will allow guests to experience this dynamism, through engaging special events and activities. For example, the tour will take guests to Para Site, the most important art space in South Asia, to see the current exhibition and to meet the curators, as well as a visit to see an exhibition curated by Klaus Beisenbach and Peter Eleey from MoMA PS1 at K11 Art Foundation. In addition, Curagenda’s private tour will include the Liang Yi Museum where the exhibition “Reunions: A Collector’s Journey” will be on view and a visit to M+ Pavillion. During the week’s festivities, there will be opportunities to mingle at breakfasts, brunches, and art parties. As a member of Curagenda, guests will also have privileged access to Duddell’s, the acclaimed private art club, which is also a Michelin-starred restaurant founded by collector Alan Lo.  

Art Central, Hong Kong

Art Central, Hong Kong

M+ Pavillion

M+ Pavillion

During the second part of our trip, March 26 to 29, we visit Beijing, providing guests with Curagenda’s insight into the imperial capital. We unveil layers of this complex city from the spectacular Great Wall to the quiet and peaceful villages. Guests will experience an abandoned village transformed into a unique retreat, staying in the village homes with private Chinese gardens and spectacular views of the most well-preserved parts of the Wall. There will be intimate moments shared with local artists and guided studio visits. We will visit 798 art district, a must for any art lover visiting Beijing, to see the works of major artists both local and international, private collections and museums. A local expert with personal stories to tell, will provide a guided tour to the Forbidden City and and hutong (ancient alleyways). The highlight of the trip will be our gourmet indulgence that includes a royal kitchen, the best Peking duck and a secret gem private kitchen.

Cold Ink Group Private Studio Visit in Beijing

Cold Ink Group Private Studio Visit in Beijing

Art Expedition Webpage:
http://www.curagenda.com/abhk-beijing-vip-stay

Tatsuo Miyajima 'Time Waterfall' to be Unveiled at Art Basel Hong Kong

Helen Wu

image via: Tatsuo Miyajima

image via: Tatsuo Miyajima

Internationally acclaimed Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima will present a new large-scale public light installation during Art Basel’s show in Hong Kong this March. Each night from March 21 to 26, Time Waterfall will be shown across the entire façade of Hong Kong’s iconic 490 meter high International Commerce Centre (ICC) on the Kowloon harbor front.

Time Waterfall is a new work by the artist which aims to convey the eternal luminance of human life, expressing an ethos of “living in the present.” The work will comprise the natural numbers one to nine, which will cascade down the face of the ICC, while never reaching zero. The continuous countdown symbolizes life, while the zero implied by the extinction of light acts as a metaphor for death. Each digit will be of different sizes, cascading at its own speed and creating a number of layers that each represents a trajectory of individual lives.

This work continues the artist’s signature use of light-emitting diode (LED) counters to demonstrate his three fundamental concepts—Keep Changing, Connect with Everything, and Continue Forever. The absence of zero in his works refers to the Buddhist concept of “Sunya,” which symbolizes the void or non-existence. The use of numbers, as abstract and conceptual symbols, becomes Miyajima’s universal language, allowing his work to be appreciated and adapted internationally.

The work will be visible from numerous locations across Hong Kong, including the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Recommended locations for public viewing are Tamar Park, Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park and the terrace on Podium 3 and 4 of the IFC Mall.

Time Waterfall is co-commissioned by Art Basel and the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong.

Time Waterfall schedule
March 21–26, 2016, intermittently between 7:20 and 10pm

The Hong Kong show of Art Basel, whose Lead Partner is UBS, will open to the public from Thursday, March 24 to Saturday, March 26, 2016, and will take place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).