At Swire Properties, we believe that the arts help to enrich our communities, which is why we regularly host and support arts and cultural events, performances, exhibitions and artwork commissions. 

We have been a supporter of Art Basel since its inaugural show in HK in 2013, entering the 5th edition. This year, we are planning a series of exciting events at our Art Basel Lounge, ArtisTree at Taikoo Place, and Pacific Place.

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Swire Properties Lounge 2017


The Swire Properties Lounge at Art Basel in Hong Kong 2017 is an intriguing and welcoming space where invited guests can engage with new ideas about art, architecture, design, fashion and the built environment, and participate in panel discussions with some of the world's most distinguished opinion leaders.

Venue: Swire Properties VIP Lounge, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Level 1 Concourse (at Expo Drive; outside Hall 1C)

Programme Curated by art-partners

All Talks will be conducted in English

Talk 1 Wednesday, Mar 22 (11am)

Art and Technology

Technology has always provided artists with new ways to express themselves, but how is it affecting the production, appreciation and value perception of art today? The digital technology revolution makes it easier to create and share art, but with all the tools and techniques available are we in danger of losing our sense and ability to distinguish between that which is great art with enduring value and that which is merely a trivial piece of entertainment?

Amira GAD, Curator, Serpentine Galleries
Peter BORIS, Executive Vice President, Pace Gallery
Takashi KUDO, Communication Director, teamLab
Freya MURRAY, Program Manager and Creative Lead, Google Arts and Culture Lab

Talk 2 Wednesday, Mar 22 (2pm)

The Future of Funding the Arts

Hong Kong has seen the rapid development of the arts and culture supported by institutional infrastructure spending but the costs of running art organisations and the daily production of art has outpaced any increases in public funding. Individual artists and arts organisations have had to focus on raising private funds to meet their own artistic and financial needs and sustain their growth. Are other alternatives available?

Yana Peel, CEO, Serpentine Galleries
Leong CHEUNG, Executive Director, Charities and Community, Hong Kong Jockey Club
Jenny MOORE, Director, Chinati Foundation
Philip TINARI, Director, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

Talk 3 Wednesday, Mar 22 (4pm)

Art and Soul of the City

Cities have cosmopolitan vitality and a critical mass of people that can both enliven the urban experience and lead to dissent and social problems. Can art, architecture and design be a catalyst for social transformation? Can they contribute directly to economic and social development and create a better and more empowered city for everyone or are they only window dressing?

Jan DALLEY, Arts Editor, Financial Times
Brendan CORMIER, Lead Curator, Gallery, Shekou at Design Society
Hugh DUTTON, Architect, Hugh Dutton Associés
LU Xun, Founder, Sifang Art Museum
Hans Ulrich OBRIST, Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries

Talk 4 Thursday, Mar 23 (2pm)

Public Art and the City

Creative cities are made up of individual neighbourhoods that all offer a diverse range of structures, open spaces and community places, and a diverse range of living, working and recreational activities at different times of the day and night.  These things are what make the best cities truly liveable. Good public art is an important part of this creative diversity but what is good and how do we get it?

Tim MARLOW, Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts
Michael LIN, Artist
Andrew MEAD, Chief Architect (ARBUK), MTR Corporation Limited, Hong Kong
Mathias RASTORFER, CEO and Co-Owner, Galerie Gmurzynska

Talk 5 Friday, Mar 24 (2pm)

From Private Collecting to Public Institution

Unlike national art collecting institutions that are generally mandated to reflect a national culture and thus need to somehow be broadly representative of styles, schools and disciplines, private collections have no such limitations. Private collections are a reflection of the personal preferences of the individual whose collection it is. What happens when these collections become part of the public realm? What role do they play in making taste?

Charlotte APPLEYARD, Director of Development, Royal Academy of Arts
Budi TEK, Founder of Yuz Foundation and Yuz Museum

Talk 6 Saturday, Mar 25 (11am)

Art X Brand

Luxury brands have conquered large parts of the world and like many empires before them memorialize themselves with spectacular landmark buildings and stunning interior designs, but are art and luxury businesses truly compatible? Do wealth and the global marketing power of a brand result in a positive influence on art and culture? Does a brand’s involvement in art boost their cultural clout in the long term or is art-based brand integration just a trend?

Rosalind CHIN, Reporter, Bloomberg Television
Axelle DE BUFFÉVENT, Style Director, Martell Mumm Perrier-Jouët
Elsa RAMEAU, Managing Director, Hong Kong and Macau, Hermes


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