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Art Basel's director in Hong Kong to lead Bonhams in Asia

Magnus Renfrew returns to auction house as Swiss fair seeks replacement

Magnus Renfrew

Magnus Renfrew is stepping down from his post of director Asia at Art Basel in Hong Kong to join Bonhams in the role of deputy chairman, Asia and director of fine arts, Asia.

The move marks a return to the auction house for Renfrew who was previously a specialist in its contemporary art department, helping to set up its first sale of contemporary Asian art in London in June 2006.

“Renfrew will be responsible for defining the strategy for Bonhams in Asia relating to the fine arts and will oversee the established departments of classical, Modern and contemporary art in Asia,” says a Bonhams' press statement. Renfrew will be based at Bonhams' new saleroom in Hong Kong at One Pacific Place.

A spokesman for Art Basel in Hong Kong says: “The Director Asia post will be filled. There will not be a restructure.”

Renfrew was the founding director of the ArtHK Modern and contemporary fair, which launched in 2008. In 2011, MCH Group (the parent company of Art Basel), bought a 60% stake in Asian Art Fairs, the owner of ArtHK. Renfrew subsequently oversaw the first two editions of Art Basel in Hong Kong in 2013 and 2014.

Renfrew is a member of the Exhibition Centre subcommittee for the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. He is also a member of the advisory council for Para/Site Art Space, a non-profit gallery in Hong Kong.

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