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Art Basel vs Art Central vs Asia Contemporary Art Show: what's the difference?

by: Angie Kwon
21 Mar 2019

Of course if you love art, who's to stop you from going to all of them? But if you’ve only got time for one of them, here’s our tongue-in-cheek pocket guide to three of the biggest art events of the year.

Art Central
You’re looking for: a huge variety from high-end international galleries to new and upcoming local galleries, something a little more pop-contemporary, interactive performances and dance, controversial art, contemporary art from around the world, typography, street food festivals
You’re someone who is: an art student, a local artist and/or designer, an amateur collector, an instagrammer, an art tourist, a green thumb buyer with a good eye for potential, interior designer, a family of four bored on the weekend.  
Don’t miss: Ghost by Brian Fuata, Lê Giang by Phản Niệm, Galerie Bhak, Kamakura Gallery, Marc Straus, The Terrace outdoor dining experience.
9 Lung Wo Rd, Central, 2174 0322, artcentralhongkong.com

Art Basel
You’re looking for: higher-end galleries, photography, videography, artists with a cult-following, artists that started revolutions, art with a history.
You’re someone who is: an art critic, a film-connoisseur, an up and coming international filmmaker, a frequent collector, a strong follower of Art Basel’s international events, in need of a place for a classy date.
Don’t miss: work from the late Egon Schiele, and galleries of Liu Xiaodong, Bagus Pandega, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Faisal Habibi.
Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Harbour Road, artbasel.com/hong-kong

Asia Contemporary Art Show
You’re looking for:
Award-winning prized pieces, internationally renowned artists, a great deal on  that one peice of artwork, calligraphy, innovations in photography
You’re someone who is: a gallery investor, a high-balling buyer and collector, an enthusiastic art connoisseur who waited months to see this one Chinese artist’s work, a renowned art critic.
Don’t miss: the galleries of Wild Space, Inna Khimich Art Gallery, Gao Xiao Yun, Blue Phoenix, Aureo Gallery
The Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway; asiacontemporaryart.com