Following its debut in Asia last year, Art Basel
s Kabinett sector returns to the Hong Kong show featuring 30 concisely curated projects. Hosted within the Galleries sector booths, projects this year encompass strong conceptual solo presentations by both established and emerging artists including: artist duo Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan, Chant Avedissian, Teresita Fernández, Katsura Funakoshi, Apostolos Georgiou, Federico Herrero, Hon Chi Fun, Kim Kulim, Kim Yong-Ik, Jeff Koons, Frog King (Kwok Mang-ho), Wifredo Lam, Liang Shuo, Fausto Melotti, Mihai Olos, Yoko Ono, Gabriel Orozco, Peng Wei, Mark Ryden, Andres Serrano, Song Dong, Rebekka Steiger, Mircea Suciu, Kishio Suga, Frank Walter, Tom Wesselmann, Harumi Yamaguchi, Yang Jiechang, Yu Cheng-Ta and Yu Hong. Art Basel, whose Lead Partner is UBS, takes place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) from Thursday, March 29 to Saturday, March 31, 2018.
Kabinett showcases a diverse range of media this year, including painting, calligraphy, photography, performance, sculpture and virtual reality art. The 2018 edition of Kabinett in Hong Kong sees a strong selection of presentations by artists from Asia. From important Modern works to entirely new pieces making their debut at the show, this year's edition aims to open up new perspectives through thoughtful presentations of outstanding artworks.
Important artists from Hong Kong are being highlighted in Kabinett this year. Ben Brown Fine Arts features work by Hon Chi Fun (b. 1922), one of Hong Kongs most established artists, focusing on his paintings from the 1970s and 1980s. The presentation explores an essential period in Hons practice that marked a drastic change in his painting vocabulary when he began to synthesize Eastern philosophies and Western visual language. 10 Chancery Lane Gallery is restaging Frog King Calligraphy Shop (1992), an iconic work by Hong Kong conceptual and performance artist Frog King (Kwok Mang-ho) (b. 1947).
Artists that capture the ethos and accomplishments of Modern art from East Asia feature prominently in Kabinett. Kukje Gallery / Tina Kim Gallerys presentation focuses on delineating the three key periods of Korean artist Kim Yong-Ik (b. 1947) whose artistic career spans across four decades: his Plane Object series of fabric works from the 1970s, his geometric compositions from the 1980s and his dot paintings from the 1990s. Arario Gallery is presenting three significant works that are indicative of the Korean avant-garde spirit by Kim Kulim (b. 1936). Tomio Koyama Gallery is featuring Japanese artist Kishio Sugas (b. 1944) envelope drawings from the 1990s, highlighting the artists exploration of the spatial and material possibilities of paper. This is the first time the series is being exhibited outside Japan.
Presentations of several prominent mid-career artists is another significant element of this years Kabinett. STPIs booth with Brisbane-based Filipino artist duo Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan (b. 1962, b. 1965 respectively) brings together print, installation, paper sculpture and found objects to evoke themes of migration and dislocation. Chinese artist Song Dong (b. 1966) has created a space filled with various types of old windows, addressing the concept of watching and being watched at Pace Gallery. Extending from its Galleries presentation of Chinese artist Yu Hong (b. 1966), Long March Spaces Kabinett is presenting a virtual reality project that provides intimate insight into the artist's life. Ink Studio is featuring works by Chinese artist Yang Jiechang (b. 1956). Combining Yangs work from the 1980s alongside his seminal series One Hundred Layers of Ink, the presentation revisits the artist's abstract visual language. At Nanzuka, Japanese artist Harumi Yamaguchi (b. 1936) reflects on the significance of the womens liberation movement in postwar Japan through her iconic portrait photographs and air brush works.
Rarely seen mid-career works by Cuban artist Wifredo Lam (b. 1902, d. 1982) are being presented by Galerie Gmurzynska. An exhibition of landscape paintings by Antiguan artist Frank Walter (b. 1926, d. 2009) is on display at Ingleby Gallery, while Mazzoleni's Kabinett features sculptures by Italian artist Fausto Melotti (b. 1901, d. 1986), exploring emptiness and infinity through the use of a diverse range of materials, including copper, aluminum, bronze and brass.
Galerie Lelong & Co.s Kabinett provides an opportunity to see Mirror Image (for Hong Kong) (2018) by Yoko Ono (b. 1933), a work originally presented at Palazzo Mora during the 57th Venice Biennale. Enshrining a small room with an array of antique and contemporary mirrors, the artist instructs visitors to interact with the work, providing a space for reflection and contemplation. Galeria Plan Bs presentation for Kabinett centers around ceramic objects, wood sculptures and a painting by Romanian artist Mihai Olos (b. 1940, d. 2015), whose practice typically blends traditional structures with contemporary architectural visions.
Gb agency unveiled a series of seemingly absurd and clownish paintings by Greek artist Apostolos Georgiou (b. 1952) exploring the challenges of trying to escape the anxieties of living, loneliness, pain and abandonment. Sabrina Amrani dedicates its entire booth to Chant Avedissian (b. 1951), an Egyptian artist of Armenian roots. Featuring abstract and geometric works, the presentation re-examines his artistic career, notably his use of motifs and icons as well as patterns and designs that reflect the essence of Egypts culture and identity. A new series of paintings by Andres Serrano (b. 1950) at Galerie Nathalie Obadia examine the identities of five subjects dressed in traditional Chinese wedding costumes, exploring the themes of marriage, love and relationships, while Working Tables (2010) by Gabriel Orozco (b. 1962) is on view at kurimanzutto. An installation of graphite relief panels from American artist Teresita Fernándezs (b. 1968) most recent series Rise and Fall is being presented at Lehmann Maupin.
A younger generation of artists from Asia and Europe are also being highlighted in the Kabinett sector. Tina Keng Gallery dedicates its presentation to Chinese artist Peng Weis (b. 1974) landscape paintings, which integrate classical texts and contemporary concepts in the form of albums and scrolls. While historical art is a primary concern for the artist, Peng Wei strives to find an equilibrium between the classical and the contemporary, producing work that bridges the past and the present. Taiwanese artist Yu Cheng-Ta (b. 1983) transforms Chi-Wen Gallery's booth into a sari-sari store based on his 18-month film project in Manila, while Romanian artist Mircea Suciu (b. 1978) created new paintings for Zeno X Gallery, offering a wider outlook on human fear and existential problems.