Art Basel Asia Director Magnus Renfrew will join Bonhams as deputy chairman Asia and director of Fine Arts in September, he said by telephone today.
“This is a very exciting time to be involved in the Asian art market and building up an Asian collector base,” said Renfrew, 38, who will be responsible for boosting Bonhams’ classical, modern and contemporary Asian art offerings.
Renfrew oversaw Art Basel’s Hong Kong fairs in 2013 and 2014. The company, which runs international art fairs in Basel, Miami and Hong Kong, said it has not appointed his successor in an e-mail response.
Renfrew will be returning to Bonhams where he worked for seven years and helped set up the auction house’s first London Contemporary Asian Art sale in 2006.
He was the founding director of ART HK, which was acquired by Art Basel’s parent company MCH Group in 2011.