• ART BASEL PUTS SPOTLIGHT ON HONG KONG

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    HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s tallest building will transform into a glowing art installation this week, a beacon showing off the city’s ambition to be recognized as a major cultural hub with its second Art Basel fair. With its knack for bringing in a global mix of wealthy buyers, artists, gallerists, VIPs and celebrities, the five-day show is the catalyst to a champagne-soaked itinerary of art fairs, exhibitions and happenings. German artist Carsten Nicolai was commissioned by Art Basel to turn the 118-storey International Commerce Centre (ICC) on the Kowloon peninsula into a glowing installation called “[alpha]Pulse,” one of many art events scheduled around the fair’s opening. Along with an installation by British artist Tracey Emin illuminating the city’s historic Peninsula hotel, such displays are a flashy signal of intent by Hong Kong, the world’s third-biggest auction market behind New York and London.

    AFP

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