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Hong Kong Contemporary
Hong Kong Contemporary is a premier art fair that offers visitors an intimate experience with original artwork. We showcase the best international contemporary art in different price ranges to suit all buyers. At the same time, we also aim to create cultural platforms and meeting places for buyers and sellers, as well as museum directors, curators, critics and the artists themselves.
In 2012, Hong Kong Contemporary is launching its debut event in Hong Kong and is running concurrently with the Hong Kong International Art Fair and Christie's Auction from May 17 to 20, 2012, drawing collectors from all over the world to Hong Kong.
Hong Kong has long been a sophisticated and cosmopolitan city. With many famous galleries and auction houses like the world-renowned Gagosian Gallery, White Cube, Sotheby and Christie's, already located in Hong Kong. Hong Kong has become a major hub for international collectors.
Hong Kong is the natural location for an international fair in Asia, due to its longstanding reputation as the gateway between the East and the West, its geographical location at the heart of Asia and its status as the financial centre of Asia.
The Hong Kong Government's aspiration for the arts is best illustrated by the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) initiative. With an earmarked budget of HKD 21.6 billion (USD 2.8 billion), the 40-hectare complex intermingles commercial and residential space with museums and theaters, a project that the government plans to complete by 2031.
Hong Kong is currently the world's leading art market by auction turnover and there is no tax on the import and export of art (in contrast to mainland China, where there is a tax of 34% on the sale of any imported art work). With its shared history with the West, Hong Kong is a place where people from all parts of the world feel equally at home.