The COVID-19 pandemic didn't only affect everyone's daily movement, but also forced theaters and galleries to close down. For one, Art Basel Hong Kong, meant to take place from March 19 to 21, has been called off; locally, Art in the Park—scheduled for March 15—was postponed. In spite of these developments, Art Basel is launching Online Viewing Rooms to continue showcasing art to the public. The first edition of this series is live from March 20 to 25.
This digital initiative, Art Basel Hong Kong said in a statement, was intended to run parallel to the shows of Art Basel in Switzerland every June and Art Basel Miami Beach in Florida every December. Gallerists can use the platform to showcase additional works of art not presented at the fair. It just so happens that the first iteration is the perfect place for the exhibitors of Art Basel Hong Kong 2020 to show their collections.
Art Basel's Online Viewing Rooms let you browse over 2,000 of works presented by 231 galleries from 31 countries—all while you’re in comforts of home. You can filter out the pieces by gallery, by artists, or by medium. Each work is listed with a price range. Like most art fairs, there's a preview for VIP card holders a couple of days before public viewing.
On Instagram, participating galleries have been posting works of artists that will be part of the exhibit. Check out these teasers for #ArtBaselOVR:
The first edition of Art Basel's Online Viewing Rooms is live from March 20, 6 p.m. (HKT) to March 25, 6 p.m. (HKT). VIP preview is from March 18, 6 p.m. (HKT) to March 20, 6 p.m. (HKT). For more information, visit Art Basel's website.
This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.