Mandarin Oriental and Art HK Create a Destination for Art Lovers
For the second year, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong has been named the official hotel of the 2012 Hong Kong International Art Fair. To celebrate Asia’s premier art event, commonly called Art HK, the nearly 50-year-old hotel—known for its majestic views of Victoria Harbor and the city’s skyline—will offer specialty cocktails bearing art-related names in the 25th-story M bar, and set lunch and dinner menus will be available in the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant, the Mandarin Grill + Bar. The $89 three-course lunch menu and $192 five-course dinner menu feature painted eggs with an edible shell and an edible re-creation of a graffitied Berlin Wall made from brioche and foie gras. Two complimentary tickets to Art HK are included with the purchase of each. Between May 1 and 20, patrons of the M bar or Mandarin Oriental’s Captain’s Bar, which plays nightly jazz music, can also receive two complimentary tickets to the art show with the purchase of a Veuve Clicquot bottle. For guests who wish to spend the night, a special Art HK package starting at $632 is available May 15–21 and includes VIP access to Art HK’s private preview on May 16. An art exhibit located in the hotel’s Clipper Lounge entitled “I Call You Nancy” (a reflection upon China’s one-child policy that explores the life of artist Tang Kwok Hin’s hypothetical sister) will be available to the lounge’s dining guests from May 1 to 26.
Known as the gateway city between the West and the East, Hong Kong has recently become the third-largest auction market in the world after New York and London. The fourth annual Art HK, May 17–20, will be produced in collaboration with the contemporary and modern art show Art Basel, for the first time this year, and will showcase 266 of the world’s leading galleries from 38 countries. (+852.2820.4202, www.mandarinoriental.com)