Amid reports on six deaths from the virus, authorities have instructed museums and festivals in Italian cities like Venice, Turin, and Milan to cease their operations for at least a week.
| Art Basel will partially refund galleries slated to participate in its now-canceled Hong Kong fair, according to a fair spokesperson. MCH Group, Art Basel’s parent company, announced its decision to call off the fair yesterday, February 6, due to concerns related to the rapidly spreading coronavirus. A few weeks ago, the fair’s organizers had reportedly refused participating galleries’ request for a 50% reduction in booth fees, describing the concession as “financially untenable.” Read the full story here.
A long-awaited announcement confirms the cancellation of the upcoming Hong Kong fair “due to the outbreak and spread of the new coronavirus.”
Local galleries are pushing back on largely Western arguments that Art Basel Hong Kong should be cancelled because of political unrest, but as coronavirus spreads, the argument for cancellation strengthens.
Adjacent installations by Pio Abad and Shen Shaomin at the fair offer cautionary tales on the perils of communism and the evils of neoliberalism.
HONG KONG — Admission to the final days of last week’s Art Basel Hong Kong was sold out, and the fair logged an impressive 70,000 attendees.
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HONG KONG — More than US$1 billion of art was for sale at Art Basel Hong Kong, according to insurer AXA ART. But the fair managed to look beyond sales, and also displayed a number of serious counterweights to the frenzied acquisitive impulse.
HONG KONG — “I wanted to enter Hong Kong homes forcefully, allowing these mechanisms of art to become a platform of conspiracy for the Filipino domestic workers.” Sun Yuan and Peng Yu discuss their photographic series on view at Art Basel Hong Kong.