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Hong Kong galleries unite to launch new art fair ‘Unscheduled’ in June

The Hong Kong Art Gallery Association announced this morning the introduction of a brand new art fair named ‘Unscheduled’, slated to take place 17–27 June, 2020.

Following the cancellations of major art calendar events during March due to CoViD-19 — namely Art Basel Hong Kong and Art Central HK — art lovers in the region have been sorely missing what was traditionally a fortnight of art appreciation, partying with VIPs and artists, and, of course, a significant opportunity to boost their art sales. Understandably, participating galleries have been left winded from the missed opportunity to promote their headlining pieces — as well as undoubtedly any booth fees left unrefunded. 

Liu Bolin, ‘Pharmacy’ (2013).
(Image credit: Over the Influence Gallery)

As galleries worldwide move their showcases to virtual viewing rooms (with local artist-led collectives also following suit), several institutions have also quickly banded together to fill the new normal in the art world in recent months.

In response to the social distancing measures and precautions against CoViD-19, Art Power HK launched in February as an online platform to celebrate local artistic talent, with a programme chock-full of live streamed online talks, exhibition tour videos, masterclasses and web content promoting ongoing shows. At around the same time, Hong Kong Art Gallery Association also joined hands with Asia Society Hong Kong to launch an outdoor exhibition of monumental sculpture works, featuring 17 participating galleries.

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Heman Chong, ‘The Straits Times’ (2018).
(Image credit: Rossi & Rossi)

The HKAGA has just announced its latest initiative, ‘Unscheduled’, a 10-day event that strives to ‘re-energise Hong Kong’s art scene’. Hosted at Tai Kwun, the event is billed as neither a traditional art fair nor a museum exhibition, and instead stands as a platform for selling and networking, with solo exhibitions spotlighting modern and contemporary art from a confirmed list of 13 HKAGA gallery members.

The galleries and their featured artist works have been selected by an independent team comprised of prominent figures in the Hong Kong art scene, led by Willem Molesworth of De Sarthe gallery, and Fabio Rossi, co-owner of Rossi & Rossi, both HKAGA board members, joined by respected Hong Kong curators Sara Wong and Ying Kwok. The exhibition will span the two-storied Duplex Studio Tai Kwun, which, rather than a conventional fair booth layout, has been refashioned with a free-flowing floorplan thanks to Beau Architects.

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Zhang Gong, ‘Kids don’t be afraid 4 (2016)’.
(Image credit: Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery)

Expect to see distinguished pieces by some of the most eminent names in Asian art at the moment. Of the 13 participating galleries, highlights include gems by the late Irene Chou at Hanart TZ, whimsical paintings by Zhang Gong at Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery, humour-filled pieces by Mak Ying-tung 2 (who intentionally gave her name a rebirth by tacking on a ‘two’ last year at the urging of a fortune teller). 

A full list of featured galleries and artists is as follows:

  • 10 Chancery Lane Gallery — Frog King Kwok
  • Ben Brown Fine Arts — Kitty Chou
  • Contemporary by Angela Li — Ng Chung
  • de Sarthe — Mak Ying Tung 2
  • Edouard Malingue Gallery — Chou Yu-Cheng
  • Hanart TZ Gallery — Irene Chou
  • Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery — Zhang Gong
  • L+ / Lucie Chang Fine Arts — Aruta Soup
  • Leo Gallery — Duan Yifan
  • Over The Influence — Liu Bolin
  • Pearl Lam Galleries — Peter Peri
  • Rossi & Rossi — Heman Chong
  • Whitestone Gallery — Etsu Egami

Tickets are priced at HK$80, and can be purchased from HK-AGA.org.

Proceeds will be split amongst the participating galleries and also donated to Hong Kong charity partner Hands On Hong Kong, to support the most vulnerable groups affected by the impact of the coronavirus. 

Learn more about ‘Unscheduled’ at HKAGA.

Featured and hero image credit: Zhang Gong, ‘Metropolis No. 6’ (2016). (Image credit: Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery)

Evelyn Lok
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When not trying out the latest beauty and wellness trends, Evelyn is likely enjoying a perfectly balanced negroni or exploring some of Hong Kong's best new places to eat and drink. At Lifestyle Asia she covers everything from the biggest events in town to interviews with Hong Kong specialists, with topics spanning art, food and drink, health, tech, and travel.