On Saturday afternoon we went over to the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre to check out HK Art 11 aka the Hong Kong International Art Fair. I read somewhere that there were 260 galleries from around the world showing paintings, sculpture, photography and other media here. I don’t know how many years this has been taking place but this was my first time to attend; I now rate this as a Must See event in Hong Kong and will be looking forward to it again next year.
Ticket price was HK$250 (US$32.50) per day – half price coupons were easily available and I’m sure there were plenty of freebies going around. It was really crowded. Perhaps not quite as bad as the picture above might seem to indicate but it was often difficult to get a good view of some of the works and even more difficult to get a good angle and a clear field for taking photos.
Of course the exhibition had its fair share of “this is art?” moments.
A fair amount of work that some might consider profane.
A lot of interactive pieces.
And there were plenty of pieces that had a lot of humor to them.
And of course plenty of sex.
My gf was particularly drawn to this astonishing work, Dormitory by Wang Qingsong.
Bruce Lee was there.
Superman was there, too.
Looking back through my photos, I think the above is the one piece I would have bought if I had the money. Station For Two by Zhong Biao.
I remain painfully shy when it comes to taking pictures of people and so resort to shots like these. Meanwhile my gf wondered how these women could walk so many miles through the exhibition with shoes like these and still keep smiling.
HK Art 11 was overwhelming and I mean that in the best of all possible ways. We loved it. It’s a shame it’s only once a year!
(Look for more photos on the Galleries page.)