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Art Basel enhances city's cultural hub status

Hong Kong Chief Secretary Carrie Lam (second from right) visits Art Basel.

Art Basel will become an important annual cultural tourism event in Hong Kong, making the city a sought-after destination among art collectors, gallerists, artists, dealers and curators, said Hong Kong Chief Secretary Carrie Lam.

Speaking at the May 14 opening ceremony of Art Basel’s second edition in Hong Kong, Mrs. Lam said the Hong Kong government plays an important role in promoting art in the city, with the construction of the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) in full gear and a partnership with local and international renowned artists and arts organizations to stage various exhibitions throughout the year.

The second edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong, held May 15-18 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, featured 245 of the leading galleries from Asia, Europe, the Americas and the rest of the world, and more than 3,000 artists, ranging from young, emerging ones to the Modern masters from both Asia and the West.

Starting in 2015, Art Basel in Hong Kong will take place in March, with an invitation-only preview on March 13-14, 2015, and public show dates to be held March 15-17.


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