Art Basel Cancels Hong Kong Fair Due to Coronavirus
After weeks of speculation and discussion, Art Basel has canceled its Hong Kong fair.
Art Basel's organizers announced the cancellation through a statement. “The decision to cancel Art Basel Hong Kong was an extremely difficult one for us,” said Bernd Stadlwieser chief executive of the MCH Group, Art Basel's parent.
Read Art Basel's full statement below:
We regret to inform you that Art Basel Hong Kong 2020 has been canceled due to the severe outbreak and spread of the new coronavirus, which has recently been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization.
Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected around the world.
We remain committed to Hong Kong and look forward to welcoming you to the next edition of Art Basel Hong Kong, which will take place March 25 to March 27, 2021.
In January, 45 participating galleries published a letter that urged Art Basel to continue with the fair in the current climate as Hong Kong has been struggling with anti-extradition bill protests and the outbreak of the coronavirus.
The cancellation of Art Basel Hong Kong hits local galleries hard. Last year, the fair attracted over 88,000 visitors made up of directors, curators, trustees, and patrons.