Leonardo DiCaprio, Adrien Brody Make the Rounds at Art Basel Hong Kong
Hollywood and regional celebs drop by Asia's biggest art fair.
Best actor Oscar-winners Leonardo DiCaprio and Adrien Brody dropped by Art Basel Hong Kong on Tuesday as part of their recent trips to Asia.
DiCapro visited China this week to promote The Revenant and Brody was in Hong Kong for Amfar's now-annual charity gala in the city but both found time to visit Asia's biggest art fair.
According to local reports, DiCaprio, a noted art collector, was given a private tour of the Art Basel Hong Kong show, which runs for three days and features over 239 galleries from 35 countries with expected visitor numbers to peak at 60,000.
Celebrities and collectors from Asia and around the world have been flocking to this year's edition of Art Basel Hong Kong as blue chip international galleries have stepped up their efforts to show never-before-seen works by significant artists.
"It always helps to have celebrity visitors," said Alexander Platon, head of secondary art market and special projects at Marlborough Fine Art in London. "It's good for the business of an art fair and of course it gives validation to the fair itself," he added.
At this year's fair Marlborough, which is highlighting an installation from 80-year-old Portuguese artist Paula Rego, expect a great number of prominent Asian film and music stars to make the journey from Tokyo, Beijing, Seoul and Singapore to see the show, although Platon couldn't divulge his A-list clientele.
"There's a tradition of collecting art in Asia, but what is new is that people are being more courageous about collecting contemporary art, and that's reflected by how seriously the galleries and dealers now take this art fair and Asian collectors generally," he said.