Art Basel has announced that it will delay its Hong Kong art fair from March until May this year as a result of the ongoing pandemic.
The news comes just one week after the fair released the exhibitor list of the show, set to feature 137 galleries from 28 countries and territories, and two days after parent company MCH Group AG revealed plans for new fair in Paris that Art Basel would host in October.
“Given the current government guidelines in Hong Kong, it has become clear that moving the fair to May is the right decision,” said Adeline Ooi, Art Basel’s director of Asia, in a statement. “We had anticipated this potential scenario in our planning process, and very much look forward to hosting gallerists, collectors, and art lovers at the HKCEC at that time.”
The fair, which takes place at Hong Kong’s Convention and Exhibition Centre, will now hold preview days on May 25 and May 26 and then open to the public May 27-29.
Given that these dates are just two weeks ahead of Art Basel’s prestigious Swiss edition, which runs from June 13 to June 19 in Basel, it could be logistically problematic for galleries to participate in both fairs.
In an emailed response to Bloomberg, Art Basel’s global director Marc Spiegler wrote “As always, we are flexible with our galleries in the case of a postponement, and they are able to withdraw or join when dates change.”