HONG KONG, May 14 (Xinhua) -- The second edition of Art Basel Hong Kong kicked off here Wednesday.
A total of 245 premier galleries from 39 countries and regions are taking part in the world renowned art show this year.
Apart from showcasing artworks at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, the organizer features for the first time in Hong Kong a special program -- Film, which is held in the Hong Kong Arts Center.
Curated by Chinese Mainland multi-media artist Li Zhenhua, Film is a sector dedicated to film by and about artists. Works by 41 artists are screened at the Hong Kong Arts Center, including those presented by international artists such as Takashi Ishida, Dinh Q. Le and Hong Kong artists Kwan Sheung Chi and Christopher Doyle.
Li said at a press conference that more crossovers between film and artwork were seen after the year 2000, and he believed that there were an abundance of exchange and development of ideas between filmmakers and artists.
The art show is also exhibiting German artist Carsten Nicolai's big-scale outdoor installation artwork Alpha Pulse from May 15 to 17, when light pattern will pulsate in a synchronized frequency across the entire facade of Hong Kong's iconic 490-meter high International Commerce Center on the Kowloon harbor front. Like a lighthouse, the building will send its pulses into the city, reaching out to members of the public.
Magnus Renfrew, director of Asia's Art Basel, said it was their aim to extend and share artworks with a wide range of people and showcasing Alpha Pulse was the first step. They are planning to do more outdoor exhibitions in the coming years, he added.
Hong Kong's Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam was also among the guests officiating at the opening ceremony of Art Basel Hong Kong.
The show is open to public from May 15 to 17.