Monocolumn: Hotel Room Art Galleries In Hong Kong

With the city now one of the world’s top three art hubs, it’s little wonder that the organisers of the Asia Top Gallery Hotel Art Fair have chosen the “special administrative region” as the venue for the fifth edition of their show, which opens today.

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Hong Kong is no slouch when it comes to the buying and selling of art. Given its famously friendly import-export laws, which impose no duty on goods brought in or out of Hong Kong, buying art here is a tantalisingly affordable prospect.

With Hong Kong now arguably one of the world’s top three art hubs, it’s little wonder that the Korea-based organisers of the Asia Top Gallery Hotel Art Fair have chosen the “special administrative region” as the venue for the fifth edition of their show, which opens today.

This is not your average marquee market fair, though, and the “hotel” in the fair name is a reference to the fact that it uniquely takes place in the high-end suites of the Mandarin Oriental.

With 72 galleries participating, including 10 from Hong Kong, the fair will present works from established artists like Andy Warhol, Takashi Murakami and Damien Hirst, as well as leading Asian contemporary artists such as Kusama Yayoi, Lee Lee Nam, Bae Jun-sung and Tadao Ando. The aim, says Hwang Dal-seung, co-founder and chairman of the fair operations committee, is to present works in a natural setting with each gallery taking a suite to display their artists’ work as they see fit.

It’s not just for the comfort of the visitors though – it’s a unique business model intended to maximise sales. By placing objects in hotel rooms, buyers are afforded a chance to see how the pieces would look in their own homes, including novel use of the hotel suites’ bathroom space.

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