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Hong Kong: Art Basel’s Thriving New Home

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Art Basel is so named for the Swiss town in which it originated; it was just three years ago, in 2013, that the art fair sprouted a Hong Kong offshoot with a particular focus on far-eastern art. And Hong Kong, like the fair it hosts, bridges the divide between east and west — an important economic hub in the region, it also possesses a vibrant food scene, thriving architecture, and, naturally, its own cadre of It girls documenting the whole thing on social media. .

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Photographer and architect Vivien Liu documents Hong Kong during Art Basel Hong Kong. Photo by @vdubl.

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DJ Hannah Bronfman and model Hailey Baldwin at Art Basel Hong Kong. Photo by @hannahbronfman.

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Takashi Murakami hosts a meet-and-greet on the eve of Art Basel Hong Kong. Photo by @takashipom.

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GQ editor-in-chief Dylan Jones at Art Basel Hong Kong. Photo by @dylanjonesgq.

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An installation at Art Basel Hong Kong. Photo by @junoohknow.

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Paris Hilton, wearing Alice + Olivia, DJs a set at Dragon-i. Photo by @parishilton.

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“Big Yellow” by Richard Maloy. Photo by @hakarinian.

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A piece by KAWS at Art Basel Hong Kong. Photo by @kongkaroon.

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The interior of the Tobias Rehberger collaboration at MCM’s Hong Kong location. Photo by @aureta.

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Outside the Hong Kong Fringe Club, where Nike has installed a convention celebrating the 29th year of its Air Max sneaker. Photo by @kpee.

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Inside the Hong Kong Fringe Club, where Nike Air Max Con occurs. Photo by @vnthota.

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Art Basel Hong Kong. Photo by @kwanterri.

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A Frank Stella installation at Art Basel Hong Kong. Photo by @officialtimyap.

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“Lampedusa” by John Armleder at Art Basel Hong Kong. Photo by @simondepury.

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Art Basel Hong Kong. Photo by @soyounlee.

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Artist Ka Yeo at Art Basel Hong Kong. Photo by @yeokaa.

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Indonesian actress and philanthropist Dian Sastrowardoyo at Art Basel Hong Kong. Photo by @therealdisastr.

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Tina Leung in Gucci at Art Basel Hong Kong. Photo by @tinaleung.

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South Korean actress and singer Uhm Jung-Hwa in Hong Kong. Photo by @umaizing.