March is the unofficial Art Month in Hong Kong revolving around two main events, Art Basel and Art Central. Small and medium galleries around the city take the opportunity to curate more explorative exhibitions during this period, as well as the street art and mural festival, HKWalls, occurring during the same period. Read on to learn more about the main arts events to visit this month.

Art Basel

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Art Basel in Hong Kong 2022 (© Courtsey Art Basel)

Art Basel is nearly back to full-scale this year. Hong Kong’s premier Art Month event, there will be modern and contemporary art from around the world, projects by artists in Asia-Pacific from the last 100 years, films, Encounters, the fair’s large-scale works program, Magazines, and Discoveries, which are works created specifically for Art Basel by up-and-coming artists. From collectors to artists to critics, you can be sure the who’s who of the Hong Kong art scene will be making an appearance.

Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai
When: 22-25 March 2023

Art Central

Gwo Wai curated booths (© Art Central)

Art Central is Hong Kong’s own homegrown visual arts fair offering, happening on the same dates and in the same convention centre as Art Basel. Founded in 2015, the event has now established itself as an international platform for showcasing boundary-pushing contemporary art from galleries across the globe. A variety of mediums, from ink, photography, video, sculpture, and performance art, will be on display. Note that Art Basel VIPs can enter Art Central free of charge.

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Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai
When: 22-25 March 2023

HKWalls Annual Street Art and Mural Festival

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Graffiti artist during HKWalls 2018 Festival (© HKwalls)

HKWalls is Hong Kong’s only major street art festival. After taking a one-year break due to the pandemic, not only will the festival see neighbourhoods across Central and Western Hong Kong Island turn into urban galleries; there will also be, for the first time, a digital animation work by Spanish artist J. Demsky on display on the facades of Tsim Sha Tsui buildings, a whisky and street art experience, a graffiti art battle, and workshops and public tours.

When: 18-26 March 2023
Where: Central and Western districts

Osteo Indigo

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Artist Zuo Yanfeng (© Poly Auction)

Beijing-based artist Zuo Yanfeng presents a solo exhibition of his oil paintings, which are constructions of psychological landscapes through play with colour and space. The works are crafted to be difficult to associate with known concepts, but are meant to evoke a certain emotion. This attempt to capture the emotional status quo is a shift from the expressionist techniques he practiced more than a decade.

When: 21-27 March 2023, 10am to 6pm
Where: Poly Gallery Hong Kong, 7/F, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty

Header image credits: Bo Law (artist) and Ren Wei (photographer) via HKwalls

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Born in Canada, Danielle is deep diving into the things that make Hong Kong a city of intermingling identities, and bridging the information gap as someone trying to navigate the city herself as a cultural inbetweener. Sometimes this means examining culture and local people’s stories, and other times it means drinking all the milk tea and doing walking explorations of peripheral districts.

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