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Art Basel fair kicks off in Hong Kong

The four-day Art Basel fair in Hong Kong is jam-packed with art fairs and events across the territory, attracting a global mix of wealthy collectors, top artists and celebrities.

HONG KONG: Hong Kong on Thursday kicks off its second annual Art Basel exhibition.

The four-day show is jam-packed with art fairs and events across the territory, attracting a global mix of wealthy collectors, top artists and celebrities.

To kick-off the show, Hong Kong's tallest building - the International Commerce Centre - was turned into a glowing art exhibition.

The 50-minute light-and-sound show called 'Alpha Pulse' is the trademark creation of German artist Carsten Nicolai.

Last year's Art Basel Hong Kong attracted more than 65,000 visitors.

This year, it will see 245 galleries from 39 countries participating, representing more than 2,000 artists.

It is East meets West with over half the galleries here from the Asia-Pacific to underline the fair's commitment to featuring the best artworks from the region.

Art Basel director for Asia Magnus Renfrew said: "In the past, there had been, at the early stages, the preceding fair Art HK, there was sometimes a temptation to try and second-guess what the market would like. And we've been very much encouraging galleries to bring their very best material, and to showcase what they do best."

Art lovers can come here to view works from internationally-known artists such as Pablo Picasso, Damien Hirst, and Joan Miro.

There are also contemporary artists from Asia, including Chinese artists Ai Weiwei and Liu Kuo Sung.

Hong Kong continues to set record-breaking prices for all things rare and special, thanks to cash-rich investors in China.

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