Despite Simmering Political Unrest, Art Basel Hong Kong Releases a Hefty Exhibitor List With New Names—and a Few Absences
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Despite Simmering Political Unrest, Art Basel Hong Kong Releases a Hefty Exhibitor List With New Names—and a Few Absences

Visitors walk as the billboard of Art Basel is shown in Hong Kong on March 27, 2019. Photo: Philip FONG / AFP/Getty Images. It appears that most galleries remain committed to the market in Hong Kong—and to Art Basel Hong Kong in particular—despite the continually fragile political situation in the city. The fair released its 2020 exhibitor list today, which includes 242 galleries, the exact same number as in 2019—although there are some notable absences and new additions. Galleries not returning include Beijing’s Long March Space; Germany’s Galerie Buchholz , Galerie König, and Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi; the Swiss Gallery Gmurzynska; and Goodman Gallery, based in Johannesburg, Capetown, and now London . Two galleries previously told artnet News that their decision to sit the fair out was, in part, informed by the political situation and concerns that some mainland Chinese collectors might skip the trip this year . But a number of others said it was a broader business move at a time when many galleries are looking to limit their fair participation. Beijing’s Long March Space, for example, had announced over the summer that it planned to cut back on fairs. “To skip Hong Kong this year is a […]

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