Promoting Creativity

Kathryn Shih (President of UBS, Asia Pacific) and Adeline Ooi (Director Asia, Art Basel)captured in front of Christian Marclay's Actions: Splish, Plop, Plash, Plash (No. 4),at a special lunch hosted by UBS in celebration of Art Basel in Hong Kong 2017.


UBS marks 2017 edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong with two new publications

· First major publication about the UBS Art Collection in nearly a decade – UBS Art Collection: To Art its Freedom, published by Hatje Cantz – will be available for the first time in Asia at Art Basel in Hong Kong.

· Art Basel and UBS will launch The Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report by cultural economist Dr. Clare McAndrew.

· The exhibition in the UBS Lounge will showcase works featured in UBS Art Collection: To Art its Freedom as well as a selection of new acquisitions to the Collection. Artists to feature include: Andreas Gursky; Michael Craig-Martin; Samson Young; Ed Ruscha; Christian Marclay; and Thomas Demand.

Hong Kong - 21 February 2017 – UBS, partner of Art Basel since 1994, celebrates its fourth year of sponsoring Art Basel in Hong Kong (23 - 25 March, HKCEC) with an extensive program of public, client and employee activities and the launch of two publications. The first major publication on the UBS Art Collection in nearly a decade will appear for the first time in Asia, while as announced in June 2016, Art Basel and UBS will jointly publish The Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report by cultural economist, Dr. Clare McAndrew, Founder of Arts Economics. This new annual report will analyze macro-economic trends and provide data on the global art market including international sales by region, price level, and sector.

The new deluxe 274-page hardback overview of the UBS Art Collection, UBS Art Collection: To Art its Freedom, includes a history of the collection by Mary Rozell, Global Head UBS Art Collection, and an essay by art scholar, Dieter Buchhart. The volume features more than 200 color illustrations of works by established and emerging artists.

The publication includes an overview of the history and evolution of the UBS Art Collection and provides the inspiration for the exhibition, A History and A Moment, in the UBS Lounge. Works by celebrated artists including Andreas Gursky, Michael Craig-Martin, Ed Ruscha and Christian Marclay, provide a foundation and context for a number of new acquisitions including photographs by Thomas Demand, and works by emerging artists like Samson Young.

Kathryn Shih, President of UBS, Asia Pacific said: “Both UBS and Art Basel are committed to delivering the latest perspectives on financial investments and contemporary art, respectively. Our long-standing partnership reflects these shared goals, as we continue to navigate a rapidly changing environment. Art Basel in Hong Kong continues to attract local and international collectors, which is testament to the appetite for contemporary art in the region.”

Mary Rozell, Global Head UBS Art Collection said: “UBS Art Collection: To Art its Freedom is the result of a dynamic exchange of some of the most intriguing and influential artists and ideas from the 1960s to the present. The range of artwork featured in the publication and in the UBS lounge underscores the company’s long-standing commitment to contemporary art.”

A series of talks in the UBS Lounge will feature cultural opinion-formers, artists and representatives from leading art institutions. In collaboration with the Financial Times, UBS will host a private forum featuring; Artist, Michael Craig-Martin; Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Arts in London, Tim Marlow; and Financial Times art experts, Jan Dalley and Rachel Spence.

The UBS Junior Art Hub will return to the show for the fourth year, providing children with art-inspired activities aimed at developing their understanding of visual art, throughout the week. Sessions are open to the public, and will include paper weaving, 3D paper craft, interactive drama games and spin painting.

Throughout the week, trending topics and contemporary art news based on data gathered from global media sources will be available via the UBS Planet Art app. The app allows users to navigate and distil large amounts of information about contemporary art, and collect and organize news, features, and market stories into custom content streams. 

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