Art Basel Hong Kong, one of the most prestigious art fairs in Asia, is postponing its show as the global pandemic has upended international travel, the organisers said Tuesday.
The fair will take place from May 21-23 instead of the usual March period, with VIP preview days starting on May 19. This year, Art Basel Hong Kong became the first major event to cancel due to the coronavirus, and scores of other trade events followed, including the Art Basel in Switzerland and in Miami.
“It’s not really a shock, everything keeps getting pushed out quarterly,” said Tim Blum, co-owner of the Blum & Poe gallery in Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo, who participates in all Art Basel fairs. “We are kind of in this mode. I haven’t left the state of California in eight months.”