Art Basel Hong Kong


Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
1 Harbour Road
Hong Kong

David Zwirner is pleased to participate in Art Basel Hong Kong for the fifth consecutive year. Featured in 2017 will be recent works by Luc Tuymans (b. Mortsel, Belgium, 1958), who will be present at the fair with the gallery. Tuymans's attendance follows those of Michaël Borremans in 2016 and Neo Rauch in 2015.


Tuymans is widely credited with contributing to the revival of painting in the 1990s, and continues to assert its relevance. His works engage with questions of history and its representation, often casting ordinary subjects in unfamiliar and eerie light.


Three new paintings by Tuymans will be shown for the first time in Hong Kong. The Swamp (2017) addresses dual themes of camouflage and surveillance. This work relates to Tuymans's ongoing investigation of blindness—doubly enacted here by the figure in the painting and the viewer, who must navigate unclear terrain. Two new portraits depicting women, C and K (both 2017), are based on an advertisement the artist saw on a trip to Panama. Portrayed in semi-profile, the women look straight ahead, showing no visible signs of emotion. As the artist notes, "Given the times we are living in right now, I think the element of blindness and blind beauty is appropriate."


Additional artists presented: Josef Albers, Francis Alÿs, Michaël Borremans, Raoul De Keyser, Marlene Dumas, Marcel Dzama (including a collaboration with Raymond Pettibon), Donald Judd, Yayoi Kusama, Sherrie Levine, Giorgio Morandi, Oscar Murillo, Alice Neel, Sigmar Polke, Neo Rauch, Thomas Ruff, Wolfgang Tillmans, Jordan Wolfson, and Lisa Yuskavage.


In early 2018, David Zwirner will open its first Hong Kong gallery. With interiors by New York-based architect Annabelle Selldorf, the new location will incorporate close to 10,000 square feet on two floors of H Queen's, a building designed by William Lim and currently under construction in the city's Central district.