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Swire Properties is partnering for the fifth year with Art Basel in Hong Kong Presenting World Class Arts Programme in March

23 Feb 2017

Swire Properties is partnering for the fifth year with Art Basel in Hong Kong Presenting World Class Arts Programme in March

Swire Properties today announced its fifth partnership with Art Basel in Hong Kong, which will see the company host a specially designed lounge by acclaimed architect Hugh Dutton, as well as a curated programme of high profile talks at the show. 

Supporting Art Basel in Hong Kong since its 2013 inaugural edition, Swire Properties has a track record of creating and transforming places into vibrant sustainable communities, through a process that integrates arts and culture throughout. Building on a history of creating and hosting an array of arts and cultural events in its portfolios, Swire Properties will be bringing world class art to the public in Hong Kong with an exciting programme this March. 

Guy Bradley, Chief Executive of Swire Properties, said: “Swire Properties believes that art plays a key role in enriching lives and creating sustainable communities. We are delighted to once again partner with Art Basel in Hong Kong, and are thrilled to be bringing high-calibre programmes of international standing to Taikoo Place and Pacific Place at the same time.  In particular, our event space ArtisTree at Taikoo Place has over the years emerged as a serious venue for the arts, and we hope that the exhibition of the late architect Zaha Hadid’s work will inspire and engage art lovers during this exciting month of culture and creativity in Hong Kong.”

Programming includes: 

  • Swire Properties Lounge at Art Basel in Hong Kong (23 March – 25 March 2017): Designed by British architect Hugh Dutton, Red Flower is a lounge that provides an elegant sanctuary through a symbolic and sculptural representation of a red flower. While the space is welcoming and open, it features a canopy of floating ribbons that works spatially to create a virtual enclosure and an intimate and relaxing space for visitors. 

Specially curated, the Swire Properties Talks Programme, featuring leading art-world figures including; Hans Ulrich Obrist and Yana Peel (Serpentine Galleries), Tim Marlow (Royal Academy of Arts), teamLab and Philip Tinari (UCCA), among others, will be hosted in the lounge to stimulate meaningful dialogues across disciplines. The talks will cover a diverse range of topics, from the relationship between art and technology, to how art and architecture can act as a catalyst for social transformation, and the future of art funding.  

  • BIT.FALL by Julius Popp at Pacific Place (13 March – 6 April 2017): Pacific Place is delighted to present BIT.FALL, a multimedia installation by pioneering German media installation artist Julius Popp. The art installation uses popular and googled buzzwords in newsfeeds and displays them as a curtain of water, exploring the rapid flow of digital information in the modern age.  Through BIT.FALL, Julius Popp explores how transient information interacts with humanity through the art installation. 
  • ZAHA HADID: There Should Be No End To Experimentation at ArtisTree in Taikoo Place (17 March – 6 April 2017): Swire Properties is delighted to partner with London’s Serpentine Galleries and Zaha Hadid Design to bring this exhibition of early works and drawings, conceived by the late architectural pioneer and visionary, Zaha Hadid (1950-2016), to Hong Kong for the first time. The exhibition first opened to critical acclaim at the Serpentine Galleries in London in December 2016 and now comes to Hong Kong in an expanded format with newly added archival and video material never exhibited before. The exhibition will feature cutting-edge tech offerings with four virtual reality experiences developed in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture and the Zaha Hadid Virtual Reality Group, with interactive components supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies. 

Swire Properties has transformed spaces into vibrant destinations across Hong Kong, Mainland China and Miami in the United States by incorporating creativity and innovation into a transformative process that creates value while supporting communities, retaining character and enhancing lives. For more than four decades, Swire Properties has served as a major patron of the arts, showcasing pieces by specially commissioned artists in its developments and by sponsoring a diverse array of programmes to enrich culture. By developing ArtisTree, Swire Properties contributes to Hong Kong's arts scene by providing a multi-purpose cultural space for a wide range of high standard programming, introducing leading international architects, designers and artists to the Hong Kong community, from Vivienne Westwood to Frank Gehry. ZAHA HADID: There Should Be No End To Experimentation will be a fitting finale exhibition in the current ArtisTree before it moves to a new location in Taikoo Place.

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.British architect Hugh Dutton Photo ©Houda Kabbaj

.bit.fall pulse, 2015. Courtesy: National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, Photo: Yongkwan Kim

.German media installation artist Julius Popp

.Zaha Hadid by Mary McCartney

.Zaha Hadid, Installation view, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London (8 Dec 2016 – 12 Feb 2017) © Zaha Hadid Foundation © 2016 Luke Hayes

.‘Metropolis’, 1988: © Zaha Hadid Foundation