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In the realm of luxury and fashion

it has Hirst immediately fell in love with the Golden showcase of Damien. The jewelry box is "Sorrowful" and shows about 100 diamonds in front of a mirror, so that the number of items is doubled. Was fabricated on the part of the workshop of the British artist for the customers, to whom it is important is that art has only meaning, but material value.

This is a barely 15-year-old girl with his daddy at Art Basel in Hong Kong on a tour. Pitch-black long hair, doll-like face, red man made up pouty lips, and a wardrobe of Luxury sneakers, red tights and a red Lackjupe. The white jacket is from Chanel, which reveal large red letters. And, of course, the red is missing gelackte leather hand bag. We appreciate, as we observe this scene, the clothing of this child, this fits as an art product as well in the art world of the art fair, has cost several Thousand Swiss francs.

a long-legged art historian rushes with your tablet computer from Apple, shows the 40-year-old, athletic, dressed in father – Sneakers belong in the world of potent art buyers also come as Standard in the fitness club-trained body – the price list and explained to him the value and importance of the work.

Satisfied retailers

We are located at the booth of Gagosian, the largest of the great art of trading houses, and have made us for reasons of discretion by the field, before the purchase of the Cabinet was completed. When you leave we will throw in the painting have a look at one of the monumental Baselitz, as shown by the Fondation Beyeler two years ago: on a black background two white schemes coagulated human figures. Headlong, as in the case of Baselitz usual. Over the heads of the crowd that hangs out in the gallery, only see the lower-leg velvet feet of these figures. The image bears the ironic title "We are the 1958", painted in 2018.

Sold? Price? Gagosian does not speak to the press about prices. Other galleries at Art Basel Hong Kong, the undisputed largest and most important art fair in Asia, are more transparent. Hauser and Wirth reports, among other things, the sale of a Mark Bradford for US $ 2 million. Annely Juda was for a TV installation by Nam June Paik a buyer, the hinblätterte 600'000 US dollars. The Lissan Gallery was able to sell a Lee Ufang for 300'000 dollars. Also, the Pace Gallery was able to achieve with this Chinese artists, 300'000 dollars, with the most expensive picture comes from the Japanese Yoshitomo Nara, and a collector 650'000 dollars worth.

all in All there is at the dealers at the end of the first day in a excellent mood. The galleries from the Asian region to have sold very well. For the Art Basel Hong Kong is the mother of all fairs. The international mega-galleries, can assert themselves through growth and Marketing on this market, which has long since taken on industrial dimensions, excellent. So the recent art market report of UBS (the main sponsor of Art Basel in Hong Kong) notes that art trade houses with a turnover of between 10 and 50 million US dollars, achieved the best results, while at the lower end of the market, under-250'000 dollars, the worst results had been achieved.

The millionaires from China to apply primarily to the Known.

in the Meantime, there are probably ten of these large galleries, the maintain in Hong Kong a branch office and gallery premises to maintain. If you look at about the quarter of the year program of the gallery, David Zwirner, he makes up for with its 13 exhibitions in New York, London and Hong Kong, each Museum competition.

It is in the modern art trade in the first place with the Branding, says a gallery owner. While the customer has decided in the past for the New and Upcoming interested and would like to purchase before the prices ripped through the ceiling, to turn to the millionaires and billionaires from China, mainly the well-Known, which may also cost time. The price is guaranteed to be virtually the intrinsic value of the painting. And according to the UBS report, the major part of the customers on this promising market, Millennials – people who have entered life around the turn of the Millennium to work.

If we dare is an overview of viewing to offer on this fair, the dealer have the best over-the-counter type of image stabilised, which is a decorative, often abstract paintings. Conceptual art in Hong Kong is hardly a chance, unless you come from a name such as Nam June Paik. Also traditional Asian drawings and paintings, filled mostly by an unlikely wealth of detail, are much less present than in previous years.

High level

Europeans, Americans and Asians, rents have certainly moved the masses back to their extreme cards from the game and deliver reliable, what are the modern and open-minded customers want here. Anyone who does not comply with these rules, may pay the proud booth fees at the fair. The market is brutal, and the number of medium-sized galleries from outside Asia will reduce.

Marc Spiegler in any case, the chief of Art Basel, the short Small Talk on the show once more extremely pleased: It is the best Hong Kong fair, which he had previously held. All the galleries are happy. And to think the prices for the medium-sized and smaller gallery owners, the numbers here in Hong Kong, in contrast to the fairs in Basel and Miami, the same square foot price as the mega-galleries, he is dry: You will not change, because of all the art the Art Basel fairs in Asia demand the highest rent.

Political art rar

if you Leave the selection of the market, which is an old capitalist principle, is a mishmash of more or less industrially-produced luxury goods, is the censorship and the censorship threats that come from mainland China to Hong Kong over, just spicy. In any case, it is difficult for us to find, and provocative political art. In this respect, the exhibition is a faithful servant of the powerful men in Beijing.

As the nostalgic images look at the state of the Chancery Lane Gallery from Hong Kong as a Fig leaf in a market that is entirely devoted to the luxury and the fashion . You remember the artists ' protest in 1979, when the avant-garde artist of the "Stars Art Group" went to Beijing on the road. Also, the Tabula Rasa Gallery from Beijing power politics by the images in a two-channel video, film, two men and two women, of women with children comment. But here, too, the comments and judgments act, somehow, in a small voice, so that they can be tolerated by the censors, whose largest Power in the self-censorship of the artist. From Burma, a work of Moe then Tired, has equipped his flying political angel with fists. With a bunch of white feathers on the ground and two angels fists in metal, we have to do cages it here with a farewell to democracy.

The trip was at the invitation of Art Basel.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 29.03.2019, 21:13 PM

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