Art Basel Hong Kong has opened, featuring work from 248 galleries representing 32 countries and territories.

Photo: HKFP/Catherine Lai

The modern and contemporary art show will open its sixth Hong Kong edition to the public on Thursday at Wan Chai’s Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

Half of the participating galleries have exhibition spaces in the Asia and Asia-Pacific regions.

Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

Twenty-six galleries from Hong Kong have an exhibition space in the city.

Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

One of the highlights is Hong Kong artist Kwan Sheung-chi’s piece, Hong Kongese. The installation explores local identity and consists of 70,000 metal badges with the words Hongkonger printed on them.

Photo: HKFP/Catherine Lai

Visitors can sift through the pile for a few badges that are labelled “Chinese person.”

Photo: HKFP/Catherine Lai.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam opened the exhibition, saying that Art Basel has helped build the city into a cultural hub: “The future looks extremely promising in cultural development in Hong Kong, and I welcome more of the arts people to come and enjoy our excitement.”

Carrie Lam. Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

Art Basel runs from Thursday until Saturday.

Photo: HKFP/Catherine Lai.
Photo: HKFP/Catherine Lai.
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Photo: HKFP/Catherine Lai.
Photo: HKFP/Catherine Lai.
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Photo: HKFP/Catherine Lai.
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Catherine Lai

Catherine is a Canadian journalist and photographer who lived in Beijing for almost two years, working in TV and online media. Aside from Hong Kong and mainland affairs, she is also interested in urban spaces, art and feminism. She holds a BA in Literature and Art History from the University of British Columbia.