$270 million art fair moves online amid virus outbreak

Online viewing room
A screenshot from one of Art Basel's online viewing rooms (Image credit: Art Basel)

As countless public spaces continue to close in the wake of coronavirus, art galleries across the world have shut their doors – including the Tate galleries, V&A and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Amid the closures, Art Basel is now offering online viewing rooms to replace its cancelled Hong Kong fair, open to VIPs from today and to the public from Friday.

More than 230 dealers who planned to bring work to Hong Kong will instead offer over 2,000 pieces through the virtual fair – with an estimated value of $270 million. A price (or price range) will accompany each work, and sales inquiries made through an online form, with a response guaranteed within 24 hours.

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.