The month of March in Hong Kong brings not only mists and the promise of summer. It also draws artists, collectors, gallerists, art critics and commentators from across the globe. Art Basel Hong Kong and its host of satellite events have become known as Hong Kong Art Month, a fascinating time to be in the city, with a diverse range of events that attract great numbers of the general public as well as those with a professional interest in art. Hong Kong’s status as a centre for the arts can only be strengthened with the development of the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) and its many institutions. This issue of Perspective has a special focus on art and a guide to what’s on around town.
This month we also look at libraries. In recent years, they have taken a back seat in urban planning schemes and their failure to adapt to the modern digital world has led to many closures. A new generation of design-minded institutions that complement rather than spurn new technology means libraries are once again finding their
place in civic schemes as centres not only for learning but also for socialising and exchanging ideas. We look at half a dozen that are set to change the way we share knowledge.
“Hong Kong will be nice when it’s finished,” goes the old saying. But this year, several important projects have indeed been finished. They include the Xiqu Centre in the WKCD, the Avenue of Stars on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, and the Central-Wan Chai Bypass. Expect more completions this year or the next, including the completely revamped Hong Kong Museum of Art and the opening of M+, which are expected to attract some big names from the world of art.
Finally, a reminder that it’s the time of year to nominate someone — perhaps yourself — for our annual 40 Under 40 Awards, a celebration of young talent across the Asia-Pacific region. The deadline has been extended until March 10. This year there’s an added benefit: entrants will get the chance to attend an exclusive VIP tour and industry networking event. I hope to see you there.