Funny opening for these two VIP days, from March 18 to 20, of Art Basel Hong Kong! It’s a virtual walk, on computer or laptop, at home. While the watchword is to remain confined, collectors have welcomed the initiative, even if nothing will replace contact with the work to trigger desire. This is all the more true for artists who are not historical, therefore less codified (we know how much a Soulages is worth from such a period) or referenced in the rating scale.
Suspended due to demonstrations against the Chinese government and then canceled by the coronavirus, the Swiss organizers of the fair had no choice but to offer this solution to the 233 exhibitors who obtained a reimbursement of only 75% of their stand . Being visible is better than nothing. The curiosity effect was there: the site bugged in the early hours. But this first edition via a digital platform deserves to be refined. Access to “viewing