Art Central, Hong Kong's vibrant contemporary art fair, has announced 2016 program highlights that include spectacular large-scale installations, engaging talks, performance art and tours
Returning to the Central Harbourfront on March 23, the fair builds upon the success of the inaugural event that attracted 30,000 visitors from Hong Kong and around the world last year. The fair will kick off with what is set to become one of Art Week's most anticipated events, ‘First Night’, on March 21. Set against the magnificent backdrop of the Hong Kong skyline, the evening of art, Champagne and performance will offer collectors and art enthusiasts alike an exclusive first view of the fair. This is the first time Art Central opens to the public at night, providing a unique opportunity to celebrate the opening of Art Central at one of Hong Kong's most exciting harbour-front venues.
Art Central 2016 will present over 100 hand-selected galleries from 20 countries, with over 70% hailing from greater Asia, represented in three main sections CENTRAL, RISE and PROJECTS. PROJECTS will introduce five large-scale installations and spatial interventions that challenge the confines of the traditional art fair booth.
This year, Art Central is also proud to present MEDIA X MUMM, the fair's first exhibition of new media and performance art, supported by G.H. Mumm Champagne.
Also launching in 2016 is ROUNDTABLE X 4A, a series of discussions, interviews, presentations and performances hosted by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney. The roundtable program aims to increase appreciation for contemporary art, with guests able to join the 4A team at their communal 'roundtable' to participate in a dynamic program featuring performances by Frances Barrett, Abdullah M.I. Syed and Latai Taumoepea, each of which will reflect on the context of the contemporary art fair in Asia.
Another new edition is SCREEN X EXPERIMENTA, a curated platform for experimental and narrative motion picture filmmakers. Also, through TALKS X ASIA SOCIETY, Asia Society Hong Kong will return to enhance the Art Central experience with a series of talks and panel discussions, providing a means for visitors to directly engage with some of the leading artistic trends in Asia and the world.
"For the second edition of Art Central we've created a bold program with a distinctly Asian edge that complements our strong line-up of over 100 galleries, and aims to encourage the next level of discovery and engagement with art. From must-see installations to considered roundtable discussions, the program has been built with everyone from the art-loving public to seasoned international collectors in mind," fair director Maree Di Pasquale says.
The evolving program with daily schedules is available at www.artcentralhongkong.com/program.
Event: Art Central
Venue: Central Harbourfront Event Space
Date & Time:
March 21, 2016 5pm – 9pm
March 22, 2016 10am – 6pm
March 23 & 24, 2016 11am – 12pm
Public Opening Hours
March 23 & 24, 2016 12pm – 7pm
March 25, 2016 11am – 7pm
March 26, 2016 11am – 6pm