Sun
26

    • Birdhead is a creative collective set up by local artists Song Tao and Ji Weiyu in 2004. Spanning Birdhead’s older works as well as several new photography series, this should be pretty good. Interested in social contradictions and controversies, the artists often turn their lens to their home city of Shanghai... Grandly opens 25 April, 4pm through 7pm.
      Shanghart Gallery Bldg 18, 50 Moganshan Lu, near Changhua Lu

    Birdhead is a creative collective set up by local artists Song Tao and Ji Weiyu in 2004. Spanning Birdhead’s older works as well as several new photography series, this should be pretty good. Interested in social contradictions and...
    Shanghart Gallery

 
    • Danish vocal pop / a cappella group Basix returns to Shanghai for a night at the QSW. They've been together since 1999, winning five CARA awards -- including "Best European Album" -- touring the world, and and releasing five albums of pop, jazz, r&b, soul, and rock. One night only. Tickets start at 150rmb, delivered to your door. Tickets will be available soon.
      QSW Culture Centre 179 Yichang Lu, near Jiangning Lu
    Danish vocal pop / a cappella group Basix returns to Shanghai for a night at the QSW. They've been together since 1999, winning five CARA awards -- including "Best European Album" -- touring the world, and and releasing five albums of pop,...
    QSW Culture Centre

Thu
30

    • Local band LAMUJIA, led by Bone Zhang, released their first album "The Ground I Love Forever," and will be showcasing their blend of Northwestern Chinese traditional folk songs and Western elements. Based in Shanghai since 2010, Bone Zhang and LAMUJIA frequent On Stage and TMSK, but this will be their last performance in town for a while before touring the country. Cover is 50rmb.
      On Stage A2, Lane 570, Huaihai Xi Lu, near Hongqiao Lu
    Local band LAMUJIA, led by Bone Zhang, released their first album "The Ground I Love Forever," and will be showcasing their blend of Northwestern Chinese traditional folk songs and Western elements. Based in Shanghai since 2010, Bone Zhang...
    On Stage
 
    • JZ's annual spring festival in Jing'an returns, with music in the park, in the street, and in Shanghai Centre for a few of the biggest shows, featuring guitarist Lawrence Ku, jazz vocalist Tina May, and The Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Octet. The shows in the park and outside are free, and tickets for these special performances at Shanghai Centre are start from 80rmb, delivered to your door. The schedule is as follows: April 30, 8pm: The Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Octet, led by Jeremy Monteiro May 1, 8pm: Tina May, with a full backing band of JZ artists May 2, 8pm: Lawrence Ku, with a backing band and vocals by Coco Zhao Apr 30/May 1-2. Tickets available soon.
      Shanghai Center Theatre 1/F, Shanghai Center, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Xikang Lu
    JZ's annual spring festival in Jing'an returns, with music in the park, in the street, and in Shanghai Centre for a few of the biggest shows, featuring guitarist Lawrence Ku, jazz vocalist Tina May, and The Asian Jazz All-Stars Power...
    Shanghai Center Theatre
 
    • Huge show for metal fans, as Grammy-nominated metalcore pioneers Killswitch Engage finally make their China debut. They've dominated the metalcore genre since their breakthrough 2002 album, and toured with Slayer, Mastodon, and My Chemical Romance, and more heavyweights. Support from Swiss melodic death metal band Dreamshade. Expect a lot of local heshers throwing up the devil horns for this one. Show starts at 8:00pm. Tickets are available for 360rmb on SmartTicket.
      MAO Livehouse 3/F, 308 Chongqing Nan Lu, near Jianguo Zhong Lu
    Huge show for metal fans, as Grammy-nominated metalcore pioneers Killswitch Engage finally make their China debut. They've dominated the metalcore genre since their breakthrough 2002 album, and toured with Slayer, Mastodon, and My Chemical...
    MAO Livehouse

May
01

    • This family-friendly play from Spain teaches kids about communication, how we interact with others, and how we convey our dreams. No words in this one – just gestures, shapes, painting, and a magical piece of paper. This warm and touching show is suitable for kids age five and up. Tickets start at 180rmb, delivered to your door. Show starts at 10:30am or 2:30pm. Tickets are available for 180rmb on SmartTicket.
      Shanghai Children's Art Theatre 800 Miaojiang Lu, near Xizhang Nan Lu
    This family-friendly play from Spain teaches kids about communication, how we interact with others, and how we convey our dreams. No words in this one – just gestures, shapes, painting, and a magical piece of paper. This warm and...
    Shanghai Children's Art Theatre

May
02

  • You've probably seen the film -- here comes the underground theater adaptation by Urban Aphrodite in warehouse club Arkham. Expect an intense performance unlike anything you've seen in Shanghai, with lots of audience participation. Shows...
    Arkham

 
    • You've probably seen the classic film -- here comes the underground theater adaptation by Urban Aphrodite in warehouse club Arkham. Expect an intense performance unlike anything you've seen in Shanghai, with lots of audience participation. This one stars Starring Seb Martin, Aaron Garcia, Archibald McColl IV, Brian Damgaard, and Awesta Zarif, and is directed by New Zealander Tim College, who adapted the story for the stage. Pre-sale tickets are 200rmb, delivered to your door. Show starts at 8:00pm. Tickets are available for 200rmb on SmartTicket.
      Arkham 1 Wulumuqi Lu, near Hengshan Lu
    You've probably seen the classic film -- here comes the underground theater adaptation by Urban Aphrodite in warehouse club Arkham. Expect an intense performance unlike anything you've seen in Shanghai, with lots of audience participation....
    Arkham

May
07

    • For four nights only, Apphia Campbell brings back her hit self-written one-woman play Black Is The Color Of My Voice, a musical inspired by Nina Simone. This one sold out last year and brought Apphia to the Edinburgh Festival, where she also sold out shows and got rave reviews. The Times said "…Top honours belong to Campbell’s quietly moving portrayal of determination and survival". Apphia is moving to the UK to pursue theater after this farewell performance, so this is your last chance to catch this show for a while. Show starts at 8:30pm. Tickets are available for 200rmb on SmartTicket.
      On Stage A2, Lane 570, Huaihai Xi Lu, near Hongqiao Lu
    For four nights only, Apphia Campbell brings back her hit self-written one-woman play Black Is The Color Of My Voice, a musical inspired by Nina Simone. This one sold out last year and brought Apphia to the Edinburgh Festival, where she...
    On Stage

May
08

    • Arts collective Liu Dao launch a new show at their Bund-side spot in May, focusing on evolution, and mankind's constant push for discovery. Known for their multimedia installations incorporating flashy lights and interactive elements, Between Red Queens promise more of the same. Grandly opens 8 May, 7pm - 11pm
      Island6 Bund G/F, 17 Fuzhou Lu, near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu
    Arts collective Liu Dao launch a new show at their Bund-side spot in May, focusing on evolution, and mankind's constant push for discovery. Known for their multimedia installations incorporating flashy lights and interactive elements,...
    Island6 Bund
 
    • Featuring paintings of delicate trees, dark skies, and imaginative landscapes by Chinese artists Pang Yun and Li Yuming, Art+ Shanghai's current show celebrates the natural world, its innate order and raw strength. Both hailing from Chongqing, Pang and Li offer introspective interpretations of landscape painting, which has roots in both Western Romanticism and Eastern shan-shui painting.
      Art+ Shanghai 191 Nan Suzhou Lu, near Sichuan Zhong Lu

    Featuring paintings of delicate trees, dark skies, and imaginative landscapes by Chinese artists Pang Yun and Li Yuming, Art+ Shanghai's current show celebrates the natural world, its innate order and raw strength. Both hailing from...
    Art+ Shanghai

 
    • Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano vocalist Joyce DiDonato takes to the stage with violinist Dmitry Sinkovsky and baroque ensemble Il Pomo d'Oro at the Shanghai Grand Theatre for an evening of royal arias from the 17th and 18th centuries from legendary composers like Scarlatti, Monteverdi, Giacomelli, Vivaldi, and more. Tickets price start from 160rmb. Show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets start at 160rmb on SmartTicket.
      Shanghai Grand Theatre 300 Renmin Da Dao, near Huangpi Bei Lu

    Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano vocalist Joyce DiDonato takes to the stage with violinist Dmitry Sinkovsky and baroque ensemble Il Pomo d'Oro at the Shanghai Grand Theatre for an evening of royal arias from the 17th and 18th centuries...
    Shanghai Grand Theatre


May
16

    • Studio 191 gets skaters and hipsters together in small spaces to admire their own photos. This month they're upgrading venues, printing and displaying photo submissions under the theme of "people (人)". Then a silent auction goes down at the exhibition, where photographers make 100% of their sales. Click here to submit to this month's competition (100rmb per photo, up to 3 photos). The exhibition/party goes from 7-10pm, free entry so your change can go towards the auction.
      FACTORY 54 5/F, 195 Guangfu Lu, near Wuzhen Lu
    Studio 191 gets skaters and hipsters together in small spaces to admire their own photos. This month they're upgrading venues, printing and displaying photo submissions under the theme of "people (人)". Then a silent auction goes down at...
    FACTORY 54
 
    • French madman LLND, known for dropping crazy intense / abrasive electronic music and noise and making compelling visual works, and his wife have a series of mixed media paintings, photos of soundwaves in water, and sand installations. Time..space...energy...madddnesss. No cover.
      Noeli Gallery 150 B Yueyang Lu, near Yongjia Lu
    French madman LLND, known for dropping crazy intense / abrasive electronic music and noise and making compelling visual works, and his wife have a series of mixed media paintings, photos of soundwaves in water, and sand installations....
    Noeli Gallery
 
    • The first ever Shanghai Comic Con arrives this May, organized by the same people who made the New York Comic Con, Bookcon, and the Star Wars Celebration Fan Festival. Expect comic book artists like Adi Granov (Iron Man), David Finch (creator of Batman: The Dark Knight), and Billy Tan (Green Lantern), actors like Lee Pace (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hobbit) and Robin Lord Taylor (Gotham, Walking Dead) and a lot of cos-players. Show starts at 9:00am. Tickets are available for 180rmb on SmartTicket.
      Shanghai International Convention Centre 2727 Riverside Avenue
    The first ever Shanghai Comic Con arrives this May, organized by the same people who made the New York Comic Con, Bookcon, and the Star Wars Celebration Fan Festival. Expect comic book artists like Adi Granov (Iron Man), David Finch...
    Shanghai International Convention Centre

May
17

    • Monaco's premier orchestra comes to Shanghai for a night of Rossini, Ravel, Rossini, and Beethoven, at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center. Founded in 1856, their history includes conductors like Richard Strauss, Sir George Solti, and many more. Now they are led by Italian conductor Gianluigi Gelmetti, one of the modern era's most prestigious conductors. Show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets start at 180rmb on SmartTicket.
      Shanghai Oriental Art Center 425 Dingxiang Lu, near Century Blvd

    Monaco's premier orchestra comes to Shanghai for a night of Rossini, Ravel, Rossini, and Beethoven, at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center. Founded in 1856, their history includes conductors like Richard Strauss, Sir George Solti, and many...
    Shanghai Oriental Art Center


May
22

    • Alt-rockers Final Stair from Germany play their first show in China. Their schtick is dressing up in Civil War era clothes and playing early aught's corporate rock a la 3 Doors Down, Stand, and Creed. Take a listen on their Douban page. Local opening support from Blue Magpie and Parts & Labour. Pre-sales available on SmartTicket for 120rmb, or 160rmb at the door.
      MAO Livehouse 3/F, 308 Chongqing Nan Lu, near Jianguo Zhong Lu
    Alt-rockers Final Stair from Germany play their first show in China. Their schtick is dressing up in Civil War era clothes and playing early aught's corporate rock a la 3 Doors Down, Stand, and Creed. Take a listen on their
    MAO Livehouse

May
23

    • A warm, neon adaptation of two of the world's most classic fairy tales: The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise and the Hare. Expect electroluminescent ducks and glowing animals in this show that's suitable for ages five and up. The production has been on tour in the US since 2012, and is now making its way to Shanghai for two days only. Tickets start at 180rmb on SmartTicket. Shows start at 2.30pm and 7.30pm on the 23rd, and 10.30am and 2.30pm on the 24th.
      Shanghai Children's Art Theatre 800 Miaojiang Lu, near Xizhang Nan Lu

    A warm, neon adaptation of two of the world's most classic fairy tales: The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise and the Hare. Expect electroluminescent ducks and glowing animals in this show that's suitable for ages five and up. The production...
    Shanghai Children's Art Theatre


May
28

    • The award-winning theater adaptation of the hit 1990 film Ghost comes to Shanghai for the first time. The play tells the story of two young lovers in NYC. When one is murdered, he gets stuck between the real world and the after-life. The play debuted in Manchester in 2011 and went on to appear on Broadway and in several countries. Shows nightly at 7.15pm with a Sunday matinee at 2pm. Tickets start at 400rmb on SmartTicket.
      Shanghai Culture Square 225 Shanxi Nan Lu, near Fuxing Zhong Lu

    The award-winning theater adaptation of the hit 1990 film Ghost comes to Shanghai for the first time. The play tells the story of two young lovers in NYC. When one is murdered, he gets stuck between the real world and the after-life. The...
    Shanghai Culture Square


May
31

    • French cosmic progressive rock giants Magma, who have been together since 1969 in Paris, singing in their own made-up extraterrestrial language, and performing their own music genre, "Zeuhl", arrive in Shanghai for the first time. Here's an old, old documentary about them from 1973. Pre-sale tickets are 240rmb, delivered to your door. Show starts at 8:00pm. Tickets are available for 240rmb on SmartTicket.
      MAO Livehouse 3/F, 308 Chongqing Nan Lu, near Jianguo Zhong Lu
    French cosmic progressive rock giants Magma, who have been together since 1969 in Paris, singing in their own made-up extraterrestrial language, and performing their own music genre, "Zeuhl", arrive in Shanghai for the first time. Here's...
    MAO Livehouse
 
    • The Roman chamber orchestra I Musici, founded in 1951, arrive in Shanghai for a one-day children's workshop. Kids can learn about their world famous instruments and experience the wonder of the masters' performances. The concert is suitable for children of all ages, even 1–6. Tickets start at 120rmb, delivered to your door. Show starts at 10:30am. Tickets are available for 120rmb on SmartTicket.
      Shanghai Children's Art Theatre 800 Miaojiang Lu, near Xizhang Nan Lu
    The Roman chamber orchestra I Musici, founded in 1951, arrive in Shanghai for a one-day children's workshop. Kids can learn about their world famous instruments and experience the wonder of the masters' performances. The concert is...
    Shanghai Children's Art Theatre

Jun
09

    • Presented by FUN Theatre, this Dark Theatre dance play is absent of stage lighting. Handheld lights, bulbs, and tubes create a montage of light and shadow. Held in 1933's Mini Theater, it follows urbanite characters dancing through the chaos of love and life. Showtimes at 7:30pm Tues-Sat, and 2pm Sunday. Tickets are 150-200rmb, available on SmartTicket.
      1933 1933, 29 Shajing Lu, near Haining Lu (Adjacent to the Kowloon Hotel -- taxis know it as jiulong binguan)
    Presented by FUN Theatre, this Dark Theatre dance play is absent of stage lighting. Handheld lights, bulbs, and tubes create a montage of light and shadow. Held in 1933's Mini Theater, it follows urbanite characters dancing through the...
    1933

Jun
13

    • Classical music performed with humor and a big collection of woodwind instruments. The UK's Classic Buskers' are about to showcase a wide variety of music that ranges from Mozart all the way to South American folk music. Could be a good concert for the whole family. Two shows only, with an evening performance on Saturday followed by a matinee on Sunday. Tickets start at 180rmb on SmartTicket, delivered to your door. Show starts at 7.30pm on the 13th and 2.30pm on the 14th.
      Shanghai Children's Art Theatre 800 Miaojiang Lu, near Xizhang Nan Lu

    Classical music performed with humor and a big collection of woodwind instruments. The UK's Classic Buskers' are about to showcase a wide variety of music that ranges from Mozart all the way to South American folk music. Could be a good...
    Shanghai Children's Art Theatre


Jun
19

    • U-Theatre presents a new performance show that blends light, substance, and the void to bring the audience and performers into a "universe of time and space". Expect lots of dancers and drummers. The Times called this show "A synthesis of theatre, percussion, martial arts, and meditation". Show starts at 7:15. Tickets are available for 150rmb on SmartTicket.
      Shanghai Culture Square 225 Shanxi Nan Lu, near Fuxing Zhong Lu
    U-Theatre presents a new performance show that blends light, substance, and the void to bring the audience and performers into a "universe of time and space". Expect lots of dancers and drummers. The Times called this show "A synthesis of...
    Shanghai Culture Square

Jun
23

    • Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center is producing Sarah Kane’s ultimate work, 4.48 Psychosis, depicting a mind in crisis. The one-act piece follows clinical depression and the contemplation of suicide. Met with critical acclaim since it was first staged in 2000, it will be performed with Chinese dialogue and English subtitles. Tues-Sat showings at 7:30pm, Sunday matinee at 2pm. Tickets are 180rmb and available through SmartTicket.
      Dramatic Arts Center 288 Anfu Lu, near Wukang Lu
    Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center is producing Sarah Kane’s ultimate work, 4.48 Psychosis, depicting a mind in crisis. The one-act piece follows clinical depression and the contemplation of suicide. Met with critical acclaim since it was...
    Dramatic Arts Center

On
going

    • Described as a "series of spatial interventions," in short, is a one time performance art with a dancer and sculptures that "restrain and distort movement." Sculptures will be exhibited until May 3, and the opening performance with choreographed dance and music will be at 3pm on April 25. For more info find them here or email: bwgough@gmail.com.
      Zendai Himalayas Museum 3-4/F, Zone A, 869,Yinghua Lu, near Fangdian Lu
    Described as a "series of spatial interventions," in short, is a one time performance art with a dancer and sculptures that "restrain and distort movement." Sculptures will be exhibited until May 3, and the opening performance with...
    Daily until May 3 at Zendai Himalayas Museum
 
    • Small-sized contemporary craft gallery Two Cities presents a new show of glass, ceramics, jewellery and lacquer work from China. Highlights include a large-scale lacquer piece by Beijing artist, He Chunye; and ceramicist Wan Liya’s 'plate-scrolls.'
      Two Cities Gallery 20 Shaoxing Lu, near Ruijin Er Lu
    Small-sized contemporary craft gallery Two Cities presents a new show of glass, ceramics, jewellery and lacquer work from China. Highlights include a large-scale lacquer piece by Beijing artist, He Chunye; and ceramicist Wan Liya’s...
    Daily until Apr 30 at Two Cities Gallery
 
  • Eastern European artist Jakub Jochym has a solo art show at Red Town venue On-Stage. Bunch of paintings and drawings about spacing out and fantasizing about being a thug in Shanghai. Sounds interesting. No cover. On display daily until May...
    Every Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun until May 11 at On Stage

 
    • Long Museum is teaming up with Sotheby’s auction house to present a private collection of drawings by the late, great Rembrandt as well as a whole bunch of his contemporaries. Comprising 81 works by the likes of Jacob van Ruisdael, Hendrick Avercamp, Jan van Goyen and Rembrandt, together, they present an overview of 17th-century Dutch life and culture. Sounds pretty good. Tickets cost 50rmb a pop.
      Long Museum (West Bund) 3398 Longteng Avenue, near Fenglin Lu

    Long Museum is teaming up with Sotheby’s auction house to present a private collection of drawings by the late, great Rembrandt as well as a whole bunch of his contemporaries. Comprising 81 works by the likes of Jacob van Ruisdael,...
    Daily until May 10 at Long Museum (West Bund)

 
    • Emerging artist Hao Ping is inspired by Taoism and Confucianism to create modern representations of traditional Chinese lifestyles and aesthetic values. Abstract oil on canvas works, they're evocative of ancient poetry and painting...
      Noeli Gallery 150 B Yueyang Lu, near Yongjia Lu
    Emerging artist Hao Ping is inspired by Taoism and Confucianism to create modern representations of traditional Chinese lifestyles and aesthetic values. Abstract oil on canvas works, they're evocative of ancient poetry and painting...
    Daily until May 14 at Noeli Gallery
 
    • A solo show by American artist Michael Joaquin Grey called My Lagerstätte goes on display at the rather excellent Chronus Art Center this April. Comprising three massive cinematic works, they come together to tell an audiovisual epic of a journey to the center of the solar system... Should be good. Grandly opens 1 April from 6pm.
      Chronus Art Center Bldg 18, 50 Moganshan Lu, near Aomen Lu

    A solo show by American artist Michael Joaquin Grey called My Lagerstätte goes on display at the rather excellent Chronus Art Center this April. Comprising three massive cinematic works, they come together to tell an audiovisual epic of a...
    Daily until May 1 at Chronus Art Center

 
    • Aike Dellarco presents two new works by Chongqing-born artist, Tao Hui. Comprising a sound installation and a video installation, they two effectively create a dialogue with each other, and both incorporate interactive elements. Concerned with issues of identity, gender, ethnicity, and traditional culture, Tao incorporates folk art and classical literature to construct absurd scenes of displacement and sorrow... Should be good.
      Aike Dellarco 2/F, Bldg 1, 50 Moganshan Lu, near Aomen Lu

    Aike Dellarco presents two new works by Chongqing-born artist, Tao Hui. Comprising a sound installation and a video installation, they two effectively create a dialogue with each other, and both incorporate interactive elements. Concerned...
    Daily until May 18 at Aike Dellarco

 
  • Small exhibition of prints and sculpture by Hong Kong artist and curator, Alan Zie Yongder. Opening takes place Saturday 28 March, 4pm - 7pm
    Daily until Apr 28 at Mao Space (Kerry Center)
 
    • 10 Corso Como present a solo show of works by Shanghai artist, Song Tao. Best known for his video and photography inspired by his day to day, Song also co-founded locally-based arts collective, Birdhead. Grandly opens 5pm, Saturday 28 March - it's invitation only, so send an email to RSVP[AT]10corsocomo.cn to get on the list.
      10 Corso Como Wheelock Square, North Annex, 1717 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Huashan Lu
    10 Corso Como present a solo show of works by Shanghai artist, Song Tao. Best known for his video and photography inspired by his day to day, Song also co-founded locally-based arts collective, Birdhead. Grandly opens 5pm, Saturday 28...
    Daily until Apr 28 at 10 Corso Como
 
    • The Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center is putting on this traveling exhibition featuring contemporary Austrian artists, on display until May 10. The exhibition searches for alternate and explanations of reality, and the answer to the very Jayden Smith-esque question, "What is real?" Entry fee is 30rmb.
      Urban Planning Exhibition Hall 100 Renmin Da Dao, near Xizang Lu
    The Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center is putting on this traveling exhibition featuring contemporary Austrian artists, on display until May 10. The exhibition searches for alternate and explanations of reality, and the answer to...
    Daily until May 10 at Urban Planning Exhibition Hall
 
    • This looks good: OFOTO Gallery hosts a springtime solo of photography by American artist, Joel-Peter Witkin. Known for dark works focusing on death, decay and outsiders, his photography also references classic Western art through their composition, imagery and titles. That opens 11 April from 5pm through 7pm
      OFOTO 2/F, Bldg 13, 50 Moganshan Lu

    This looks good: OFOTO Gallery hosts a springtime solo of photography by American artist, Joel-Peter Witkin. Known for dark works focusing on death, decay and outsiders, his photography also references classic Western art through their...
    Daily until May 14 at OFOTO

 
    • "Imprint" is 72 year old Vietnamese painter Le Trieu Dien's first solo exhibition in China, featuring 10 abstract paintings characterised by forms of arrows, triangles, circles, spirals, and squares, conveying "memories and vestiges of time." Up to your own interpretation. Exhibition will run from April 19 through May 23, free entry.
      Galerie Dumonteil Sinan Mansions 22, 523 Fuxing Zhong Lu, near Sinan Lu
    "Imprint" is 72 year old Vietnamese painter Le Trieu Dien's first solo exhibition in China, featuring 10 abstract paintings characterised by forms of arrows, triangles, circles, spirals, and squares, conveying "memories and vestiges of...
    Daily until May 23 at Galerie Dumonteil
 
    • A solo show by acclaimed ceramicist and sculptor Li Lihong lands at Art Labor Gallery this month. Comprising two brand new installation works, as well key pieces of his signature 'porcelain pop art' from the past decade, all of that grandly opens 18 April, 4pm - 7pm
      Art Labor Gallery 570 Yongjia Lu, near Yueyang Lu
    A solo show by acclaimed ceramicist and sculptor Li Lihong lands at Art Labor Gallery this month. Comprising two brand new installation works, as well key pieces of his signature 'porcelain pop art' from the past decade, all of that...
    Daily until May 31 at Art Labor Gallery
 
    • Something of an underrated gem, Kunst.Licht gallery is well worth seeking out. Right now, the space is hosting a solo show of works by Mao Yu, The Light Ink Traces featuring three of the artist's recent series. They include Metaphor Space and Ao, as well as the show's title manuscript-based work...
      kunst.licht 210 Wulumuqi Lu near Nanjing Xi Lu
    Something of an underrated gem, Kunst.Licht gallery is well worth seeking out. Right now, the space is hosting a solo show of works by Mao Yu, The Light Ink Traces featuring three of the artist's recent series. They include Metaphor Space...
    Daily until Jun 7 at kunst.licht
 
    • Su Dong Ping’s Landscapes of the Heart solo at Pearl Lam Galleries features some twenty of the artist's recent large and small scale abstract paintings. In either acrylic on plastic, or oil and mixed media collages, they're rich, vibrant and beautifully textural. Whilst Su's work seems to take cues from Expressionist traditions, his process is very much rooted in traditional Chinese philosophies and calligraphy. That opens on Sunday 8 March from 5pm through 7pm.
      Pearl Lam Fine Art G/F, 181 Middle Jiangxi Lu, near Fuzhou Lu
    Su Dong Ping’s Landscapes of the Heart solo at Pearl Lam Galleries features some twenty of the artist's recent large and small scale abstract paintings. In either acrylic on plastic, or oil and mixed media collages, they're rich, vibrant...
    Daily until Apr 30 at Pearl Lam Fine Art
 
    • Art+ Shanghai's new show, Still, presents new works by four young Chinese artists. All born in the 1980s, Huang Yulong, Wei Xiaoguang, Zhang Wei and Zhou Jie share themes of reflection in their creative practice, and a quiet aesthetic. Focusing on the present but with an eye to both the future and the past, the show comprises paintings and sculptures.
      Art+ Shanghai 191 Nan Suzhou Lu, near Sichuan Zhong Lu

    Art+ Shanghai's new show, Still, presents new works by four young Chinese artists. All born in the 1980s, Huang Yulong, Wei Xiaoguang, Zhang Wei and Zhou Jie share themes of reflection in their creative practice, and a quiet aesthetic....
    Daily until May 3 at Art+ Shanghai

 
    • Pearl Lam Design - an offshoot of the gallery empire of the same name - presents an exhibition of works by Shanghai-based designer Danful Yang. Also on display will be small objects by Dutch designers Maarten Baas and Studio Makkink & Bey. Expect surprising takes on everyday objects for a playful, new perspective. Le Petit Cochon Vert, 1690 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Hunan Lu
      SmSh Territory n/a
    Pearl Lam Design - an offshoot of the gallery empire of the same name - presents an exhibition of works by Shanghai-based designer Danful Yang. Also on display will be small objects by Dutch designers Maarten Baas and Studio Makkink & Bey....
    Daily until May 19 at SmSh Territory
 
    • A solo show comprising four video and photography works by Liu Yujia hits up Shanghai Gallery of Art this summer. Through the language of theater and movies, her work reveals a network of relationships, be it of distance and scale, the dynamic and the static, position and depth of field, incentives and outcomes
      Shanghai Gallery of Art 3/F, 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Guangdong Lu

    A solo show comprising four video and photography works by Liu Yujia hits up Shanghai Gallery of Art this summer. Through the language of theater and movies, her work reveals a network of relationships, be it of distance and scale, the...
    Daily until Jun 18 at Shanghai Gallery of Art

 
    • A solo exhibition by artist Lai Jin’na, Presenting Nature makes the evolution of Lai's creative practice. Spanning early acrylic on canvas, color pencil on paper, to her recent paper pricking series, her works investigates the spiritual essence behind the nature and the organic world.
      Shanghai Gallery of Art 3/F, 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Guangdong Lu
    A solo exhibition by artist Lai Jin’na, Presenting Nature makes the evolution of Lai's creative practice. Spanning early acrylic on canvas, color pencil on paper, to her recent paper pricking series, her works investigates the spiritual...
    Daily until Jun 18 at Shanghai Gallery of Art
 
    • French street artist LUDO comes to Shanghai for the first time ever in March, for a debut China solo at Magda Danysz Gallery. Comprising works on canvas, sculptures and a video detailing his adventures in the city, pieces on display track one recurring character in particular: a bee with a gas mask. Part organic and plant-based, part robotic, his otherworldly creatures have been gracing public spaces around the world since 2007... Should be good. That opens on March 21 from 4pm through 8pm.
      Gallery Magda Danysz 188 Linqing Lu, near Yangshupu Lu

    French street artist LUDO comes to Shanghai for the first time ever in March, for a debut China solo at Magda Danysz Gallery. Comprising works on canvas, sculptures and a video detailing his adventures in the city, pieces on display track...
    Daily until May 16 at Gallery Magda Danysz

 
    • Long Museum West Bund celebrates its first birthday with a solo exhibition by renowned Shanghai artist, Xu Zhen. He's a big deal both in China and beyond, not least for his MadeIn collective, spawned in 2013. Xu works across a range of media including painting, sculpture, installation, video, photography and performance, many of which will be on display here. Comprising more than 100 works, the show spans early works from the 90s, right through to the present day. Typically humorous and always culturally relevant, Xu's not to be missed.
      Long Museum (West Bund) 3398 Longteng Avenue, near Fenglin Lu
    Long Museum West Bund celebrates its first birthday with a solo exhibition by renowned Shanghai artist, Xu Zhen. He's a big deal both in China and beyond, not least for his MadeIn collective, spawned in 2013. Xu works across a range of...
    Daily until May 24 at Long Museum (West Bund)
 
    • BANK presents group exhibition, Vive Le Capital exploring, celebrating and critiquing the omnipresent power of global finance. The show's inspired by the gallery's premises - inside the former Bank Union on the Bund. To that end, a bunch of artists look to multi-national capitalism: its virtues and vices, catches and loopholes, what it renders visible or precarious. Expect works on show by Orit Ben-Shitrit, Cai Guoqiang, Heman Chong + Marcus Yee, RAQs Media Collective and more. That all opens up Sunday 29 March, 3pm - 5pm
      BANK Gallery 1/f, 59 Xianggang Lu near Sichuan Lu

    BANK presents group exhibition, Vive Le Capital exploring, celebrating and critiquing the omnipresent power of global finance. The show's inspired by the gallery's premises - inside the former Bank Union on the Bund. To that end, a bunch...
    Daily until May 24 at BANK Gallery

 
    • Building on the success of last year's event and part of the UK - China Year of Cultural Exchange, representatives of the Royal British Institute of Architects (RIBA) will be giving Xintiandi shop windows a makeover this spring. A free exhibit scattered around the space, designers include Arup, RCKa, Mobile Studio and Amin Taha.
      Xintiandi Xintiandi, Huangpi Nan Lu
    Building on the success of last year's event and part of the UK - China Year of Cultural Exchange, representatives of the Royal British Institute of Architects (RIBA) will be giving Xintiandi shop windows a makeover this spring. A free...
    Daily until May 31 at Xintiandi
 
    • Taiwanese artist Zheng Zaidong is known for the strong influence Chinese classical literature has on his work and his wide circulation in the mainland Chinese art scene. Opening champagne reception for his latest exhibition takes place on 7 March from 5pm through 7pm.
      Matthew Liu Fine Arts Room 201-203, 115 Yuanming Yuan Lu, near Beijing Dong Lu
    Taiwanese artist Zheng Zaidong is known for the strong influence Chinese classical literature has on his work and his wide circulation in the mainland Chinese art scene. Opening champagne reception for his latest exhibition takes place on...
    Daily until May 10 at Matthew Liu Fine Arts
 
    • For their springtime show, OCAT presents a retrospective of works by media artist Wang Gongxin. One of China's first ever media art practitioners, Beijing-born Wang first trained in oil painting before making his first video work more than 20 years ago. In Present Being, a multi-channel video installation and series of documentary photographs chart the artist's creative process over the years. They'll be shows alongside works new and old - should be good.
      OCAT 1016 Bei Suzhou Lu, near Wen'an Lu

    For their springtime show, OCAT presents a retrospective of works by media artist Wang Gongxin. One of China's first ever media art practitioners, Beijing-born Wang first trained in oil painting before making his first video work more than...
    Daily until May 24 at OCAT

 
    • This looks good: newish gallery Arario over on Tianping Lu is unveiling a brand new solo by Chinese artist extraodinaire, Miao Xiaochun. Called Grammar, the show features Miao's signature computer-aided works: known as Algorithmic Paintings, they translate digitally-rendered, three-dimensional virtual spaces into two-dimensional manual paintings. Technology is central to Miao's artistic language: fusions of the recognizable and the imaginary, they're otherworldly. Arario's show presents The Triumph of Death, a monumental work divided into 64 pieces. Opens 6 March from 4pm - 7pm.
      Arario Gallery 1-2, 320 Tianping Lu, near Hengshan Lu

    This looks good: newish gallery Arario over on Tianping Lu is unveiling a brand new solo by Chinese artist extraodinaire, Miao Xiaochun. Called Grammar, the show features Miao's signature computer-aided works: known as Algorithmic...
    Daily until May 10 at Arario Gallery

 
    • Born in Shanghai in 1939, Michael Chow is the son of Zhou Xinfang, celebrated Beijing opera master and founder of the Qi School of performance. Organized to coincide with 120th anniversary of his father's birth, Chow's solo explores the acclaimed restaurateur's return to his artistic roots after a 46-year hiatus. Comprising large-scale paintings, as well as new works created especially for the exhibition, Chow blends elements of traditional Chinese art, Western abstract expressionism, and the bold gestures of Qi School Beijing opera.
      Power Station of Art 200 Huayuangang Lu, near Miaojiang Lu

    Born in Shanghai in 1939, Michael Chow is the son of Zhou Xinfang, celebrated Beijing opera master and founder of the Qi School of performance. Organized to coincide with 120th anniversary of his father's birth, Chow's solo explores the...
    Daily until Jun 28 at Power Station of Art

 
    • K11's first project for 2015, this dual exhibition features Cheng Ran’s recent video and installations Music is On, Band is Gone; and Chen Wei’s In the Waves. The latter is a photographic series, accompanied by an installation of a movie set. Inspired by the New Wave cinema of the late 1950s, the show examines how a generation of young Chinese are similarly devouring movies and underground music...
      Chi Art Space K11 Art Mall, 1/F, 300 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Huangpi Nan Lu

    K11's first project for 2015, this dual exhibition features Cheng Ran’s recent video and installations Music is On, Band is Gone; and Chen Wei’s In the Waves. The latter is a photographic series, accompanied by an installation of a...
    Daily until May 31 at Chi Art Space

 
    • Group show The System of Objects opens at Minsheng Art Museum this Spring. Featuring 44 artists from China whose work spans a range of media, it looks to cultural and political patterns revealed by objects, and the emergence of commodity fetishism in consumer society. Here, object-related artworks are presented as a system of Chinese contemporary art, highlighting changes in attitude towards certain objects, the development and destiny of objects in Chinese society, and most fundamentally, how man establishes his own image through connection with objects. Opening ceremony takes place 29 March at 4.30pm
      Minsheng Art Museum Bldg F, 570 Huaihai Xi Lu near Hongqiao Lu
    Group show The System of Objects opens at Minsheng Art Museum this Spring. Featuring 44 artists from China whose work spans a range of media, it looks to cultural and political patterns revealed by objects, and the emergence of commodity...
    Daily until Jun 28 at Minsheng Art Museum
 
    • Los Angeles-based artist Mark Bradford kicks of his first Asia solo this spring over at Rockbund Art Museum. A highlight is three specially commissioned collage paintings, monumental in scale and inspired by Bradford's impressions of the city's various cultures, economies and functions. The catalyst for the 12-meter long works was colonial-era maps of Shanghai, set against today's contemporary urban landscape. Also on display is new sculpture series The Loop of Deep Waters, comprising Bradford's signature materials: paper, caulking agents and cords. Should be good.
      Rockbund Art Museum 20 Huqiu Lu, near Beijing Dong Lu

    Los Angeles-based artist Mark Bradford kicks of his first Asia solo this spring over at Rockbund Art Museum. A highlight is three specially commissioned collage paintings, monumental in scale and inspired by Bradford's impressions of the...
    Daily until May 3 at Rockbund Art Museum

 
    • A large-scale retrospective of Pritzker Architecture Prize winner, Renzo Piano. The Italian is a huge deal - think London's Shard tower, and in the US, The New York Times Building. The exhibition at PSA promises to explore the relationship between Piano's materials, structures and settings.
      Power Station of Art 200 Huayuangang Lu, near Miaojiang Lu

    A large-scale retrospective of Pritzker Architecture Prize winner, Renzo Piano. The Italian is a huge deal - think London's Shard tower, and in the US, The New York Times Building. The exhibition at PSA promises to explore the relationship...
    Daily until Jun 28 at Power Station of Art

 
    • A follow-up to Yuz Museum's debut exhibition of last year, Myth / History II: Shanghai Galaxy takes over the West Bund space this springtime. Part focus on how narratives are constructed in contemporary art, part spotlight on Shanghai creativity now, featured artists include global heavyweights like Maurizio Cattelan, JR, Li Hui, Mona Hatoum and Zhang Enli. Expect a range of media, with a particular strength in large-scale installations to fill this behemoth space...
      YUZ Museum 35 Fenggu Lu, near Longteng Avenue
    A follow-up to Yuz Museum's debut exhibition of last year, Myth / History II: Shanghai Galaxy takes over the West Bund space this springtime. Part focus on how narratives are constructed in contemporary art, part spotlight on Shanghai...
    Daily until Jul 12 at YUZ Museum
 
    • They say you haven't been to Shanghai unless you've seen the acrobats. A multi-million dollar show, "ERA: The Intersection of Time" is Shanghai's most popular acrobatic show, featuring the gamut of traditional and contemporary Chinese acrobatics from aerial walking, bowl balancing, and trampoline shows to high flying trapeze acts and motorcycle cage stunts. Thematically, ERA takes the combination of China's past and future as its starting point, offering a window into traditional Chinese acrobatics performed according to a modern, contemporary aesthetic. The performance runs daily from 7:30pm and tickets start at 200rmb on SmartTicket.
      Shanghai Circus World 2266 Gonghe Xin Lu, near Guangzhong Lu

    They say you haven't been to Shanghai unless you've seen the acrobats. A multi-million dollar show, "ERA: The Intersection of Time" is Shanghai's most popular acrobatic show, featuring the gamut of traditional and contemporary Chinese...
    Daily until Dec 31 at Shanghai Circus World




Apr 28

Backstreet Boys

Backstreet's back [in Shanghai]. The multi-platinum boy band is coming to the Shanghai Grand Stage for their In A World Like This Tour, with the full original lineup.

May 19

Squarepusher

S.T.D. host the frantic UK breakbeat / acid pioneer. Fans of Aphex Twin will find much to like here. For this show, Squarepusher is playing a full live set with instruments and visuals.

Jul 23-Aug 9

4.48 Psychosis

British playwright Sarah Kane's ultimate work, 4.48 PSYCHOSIS is the depiction of a mind in crisis. The one-act piece follows clinical depression and the contemplation of suicide.


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