Botero, Murakami, Others at Art Basel in Hong Kong's VIP Kickoff

Botero, Murakami, Others at Art Basel in Hong Kong's VIP Kickoff
Cathy Lee, Fernando Botero, Henry Tang, Lisa Kuo and Nick Simunovic at Art Basel in Hong Kong
(BLOUIN ARTINFO)

HONG KONG – From high-profile patrons of the arts to local celebrities and politicians, the VIP vernissage for Art Basel in Hong Kong on Wednesday received its fair share of red carpet action. Affable Colombian painting maestro Fernando Botero held court at a free-wheeling book-signing session in the afternoon, while Japanese artist Takashi Murakami dropped into the fair for a surprise visit. Meanwhile, there was no shortage of local artists and collector-socialites who were seen in the exhibition halls.

Click on the slideshow to see photos of figures from the VIP vernissage of Art Basel in Hong Kong.