Tue
02

    • Next-level tap dancing from Australia's award-winning Tap Dogs crew. They've performed in over 330 cities and six continents, including a show at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Expect tap dancing underwater, upside down, and even while jumping through scaffolding. Crazy. Tickets start at 150rmb on SmartTicket; shows start at 8pm.
      QSW Culture Centre 179 Yichang Lu, near Jiangning Lu

    Next-level tap dancing from Australia's award-winning Tap Dogs crew. They've performed in over 330 cities and six continents, including a show at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Expect tap dancing underwater, upside down,...
    QSW Culture Centre

 
    • Basement6 art collective hosts its monthly drinking and drawing event. Hang out with other artistically inclined people, drink, and draw. Entrance is free. BYOB and sketching materials. Doors open at 8pm.
      Basement6 Art Collective Basement, Bldg 6, 1643 Huashan Lu, near Huaihai Zhong Lu
    Basement6 art collective hosts its monthly drinking and drawing event. Hang out with other artistically inclined people, drink, and draw. Entrance is free. BYOB and sketching materials. Doors open at 8pm.
    Basement6 Art Collective

Fri
05

    • This is China's first large-scale international photography event, featuring photography prints from the world's masters on loan from over 70 galleries around the world. Photo Shanghai is organized by the World Photography Organization (WPO).
      Shanghai Exhibition Centre 1000 Yan'an Lu, near Tongren Lu

    This is China's first large-scale international photography event, featuring photography prints from the world's masters on loan from over 70 galleries around the world. Photo Shanghai is organized by the World Photography Organization...
    Shanghai Exhibition Centre


Sat
06

    • Featuring works by photographers Shen Chaoliang and Luo Yongjin, OFOTO's Facade explores layers of culture, history and psychology, both through a decidedly architectural approach. Large format and drenched in color, Shen's STAGE series sees a truck moving between urban and rural areas in Taiwan. Luo, meanwhile, turns his attention to 'fort houses' in Kaiping, Guangdong Province, whilst his New Residence Hangzhou series presents the houses of rich peasants in the suburbs of Hangzhou.
      OFOTO 2/F, Bldg 13, 50 Moganshan Lu

    Featuring works by photographers Shen Chaoliang and Luo Yongjin, OFOTO's Facade explores layers of culture, history and psychology, both through a decidedly architectural approach. Large format and drenched in color, Shen's STAGE series...
    OFOTO


Sun
07

    • Art+ Shanghai Gallery's exhibition The Fantasy Factory: New Works by Ye Hongxing explores the creative process of fantasy and the fantastic through mixed media works of stickers on canvas. Expect Gas masks, kama sutra, models, tigers, and stilettos. Free entry. Gallery is open from 10am–7pm but closed on Mondays.
      SmSh Territory n/a

    Art+ Shanghai Gallery's exhibition The Fantasy Factory: New Works by Ye Hongxing explores the creative process of fantasy and the fantastic through mixed media works of stickers on canvas. Expect Gas masks, kama sutra, models, tigers, and...
    SmSh Territory


Thu
11

    • A key component of the wider Art in the City festival, K11 hosts an exhibition of works on loan from some 15 of Shanghai's very best galleries. Celebrating art and design, at the core of the show is innovation, collaboration and renovation, all set within a specially-created space courtesy of locally-based architectural practice, Kokaistudios.
      Chi Art Space K11 Art Mall, 1/F, 300 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Huangpi Nan Lu

    A key component of the wider Art in the City festival, K11 hosts an exhibition of works on loan from some 15 of Shanghai's very best galleries. Celebrating art and design, at the core of the show is innovation, collaboration and...
    Chi Art Space


Sat
13

    • Rockbund presents Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone's first ever China solo, kicking off in September at the museum. Known for his downright unnerving clown sculptures, stone figures, target paintings, masks, and wax light bulbs, Rondinone's oeuvre is nothing if not eclectic. Equally known for his forays into literature and film, this Shanghai retrospective looks not-be-missed.
      Rockbund Art Museum 20 Huqiu Lu, near Beijing Dong Lu

    Rockbund presents Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone's first ever China solo, kicking off in September at the museum. Known for his downright unnerving clown sculptures, stone figures, target paintings, masks, and wax light bulbs, Rondinone's...
    Rockbund Art Museum


Fri
19

    • The Shakespeare's Globe troupe bring this much-loved romantic comedy to Shanghai as part of Shakespeare's 450th birthday celebration. Expect a surreal night of fairies, spells, lovers, and plenty of mischief. Lavish costumes make this one fun for the whole family. Directed by Dominic Dromgoole. Limited engagement, three nights only. Tickets start at 80rmb, available right here on SmartTicket.
      Shanghai Oriental Art Center 425 Dingxiang Lu, near Century Blvd

    The Shakespeare's Globe troupe bring this much-loved romantic comedy to Shanghai as part of Shakespeare's 450th birthday celebration. Expect a surreal night of fairies, spells, lovers, and plenty of mischief. Lavish costumes make this one...
    Shanghai Oriental Art Center


Sat
20

    • French artist Clara Feder is a multi-media artist, a writer as well as a film maker, who studied in the film school at New York University and Paris 8 University. Her works have been exhibited in Paris, London and New York. Her first Shanghai photography solo exhibition “Light Travelers” mirrors the special and universal moment when you realize you're all alone, lost in fact, and yet, whatever happens, you're going to go forward.
      Noeli Gallery 150 B Yueyang Lu, near Yongjia Lu
    French artist Clara Feder is a multi-media artist, a writer as well as a film maker, who studied in the film school at New York University and Paris 8 University. Her works have been exhibited in Paris, London and New York. Her first...
    Noeli Gallery

Sun
21

    • Shanghai Symphony Orchestra presents: Contemporale, curated by Split Works. Each month this fall, a globally renowned contemporary musical artist will play in the newly minted Shanghai Symphony Orchestral Hall in downtown Shanghai. September 21 will host Moonface, the alter-ego of Spencer Krug, whose sparkling and neoteric sounds will reverberate through halls usually reserved for string quartets and brass performances. The audience will be moved by his deep but gentle voice and poetic piano in the Chamber Hall's intimate setting. 100rmb for pre-sale. https://yoopay.cn/event/moonfacesh
      Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall 1380 Fuxing Zhong Lu, near Baoqing Lu

    Shanghai Symphony Orchestra presents: Contemporale, curated by Split Works. Each month this fall, a globally renowned contemporary musical artist will play in the newly minted Shanghai Symphony Orchestral Hall in downtown Shanghai....
    Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall


Tue
23

    • Bethany Jesseph is an American artist currently residing in Shanghai. Her work often deals with current environmental issues, and the societal problems that grow out of them. Best known for her metal work, she also often utilizes video and installation. Her solo show at Basement 6 features a large-scale installation. Kicks off 6pm. For more information on the artist go to www.bethany-baisha.com. Learn more about the show here.
      Basement6 Art Collective Basement, Bldg 6, 1643 Huashan Lu, near Huaihai Zhong Lu
    Bethany Jesseph is an American artist currently residing in Shanghai. Her work often deals with current environmental issues, and the societal problems that grow out of them. Best known for her metal work, she also often utilizes video...
    Basement6 Art Collective

Thu
25

    • Yet another new art fair for the city, West Bund Art & Design looks pretty promising. For starters, it's directed by renowned contemporary artist (and former director of Minsheng Art Museum, no less) Zhou Teihai. More importantly, this is very much a curated affair - some 20 international galleries are poised to take part (including the likes of Hauser & Wirth, White Cube, and Pace Gallery), setting up shop alongside just ten design-based organizations, brands and designers. Details TBC
      SmSh Territory n/a
    Yet another new art fair for the city, West Bund Art & Design looks pretty promising. For starters, it's directed by renowned contemporary artist (and former director of Minsheng Art Museum, no less) Zhou Teihai. More importantly, this is...
    SmSh Territory
 
    • Matthew Bourne's thrilling and stylish take on one of ballet's most loved classics comes to Shanghai this fall. This production of Black Swan has won over 30 international theater awards, including a Tony Award for Best Choreography and an Oliver Award for Best New Dance Production. Dance, style, humor, spectacle, and character comedy - it's all here. Tickets start at 80rmb on SmartTicket; shows start at 7.15pm.
      Shanghai Culture Square 225 Shanxi Nan Lu, near Fuxing Zhong Lu
    Matthew Bourne's thrilling and stylish take on one of ballet's most loved classics comes to Shanghai this fall. This production of Black Swan has won over 30 international theater awards, including a Tony Award for Best Choreography and an...
    Shanghai Culture Square

Oct
04

    • The world's biggest-selling instrumental musician and biggest-selling jazz musician of the modern era, Kenny G, returns to China to drop some smooth tunes on his many fans. The multi Grammy-winning artist and his band will perform songs from his massive repertoire of music, from old classics to his latest material. A perennial favorite in China, seeing Kenny G in the PRC is an experience unto itself; the jazz master has come to represent the apex of modern jazz music for Chinese music lovers, and he knocks 'em dead every time he comes out. Tickets start at 280rmb right here on SmartTicket.
      Shanghai Oriental Art Center 425 Dingxiang Lu, near Century Blvd

    The world's biggest-selling instrumental musician and biggest-selling jazz musician of the modern era, Kenny G, returns to China to drop some smooth tunes on his many fans. The multi Grammy-winning artist and his band will perform songs...
    Shanghai Oriental Art Center


Oct
11

    • Italian master guitarist Riccardo Tamai comes to Shanghai as part of the 2014 Chamber Concert series. He's performed at festivals all over the world and on this night he's playing pieces by Bach, Rodrígo, and Kellner. Tickets start at 50rmb, delivered to your door. To buy tickets, click here.
      Shanghai Oriental Art Center 425 Dingxiang Lu, near Century Blvd
    Italian master guitarist Riccardo Tamai comes to Shanghai as part of the 2014 Chamber Concert series. He's performed at festivals all over the world and on this night he's playing pieces by Bach, Rodrígo, and Kellner. Tickets start at...
    Shanghai Oriental Art Center

Oct
18

    • The 10th annual JZ Festival happens at Expo Park this October 18-19, featuring nine stages and areas showcasing jazz and all its manifestations. This year's big names are Bootsy Collins, Sandy Lam, Marcus Miller, and Cui Jian. As well as that, there's jazz from Shanghai and abroad and an electronic stage with local DJs playing left-field sets. Definitely a nice couple of days in the park. Tickets are 260rmb/day or 480rmb/two days presale and 320rmb/day on site.
      Expo Park Shibo Da Dao, near Changqing Bei Lu, Pudong
    The 10th annual JZ Festival happens at Expo Park this October 18-19, featuring nine stages and areas showcasing jazz and all its manifestations. This year's big names are Bootsy Collins, Sandy Lam, Marcus Miller, and Cui Jian. As well as...
    Expo Park

Oct
25

    • This award winning French piano quartet comes to Shanghai for the 2014 Chamber Concerts series. These chamber musicians graduated from the finest conservatories in France, and have played all the big spots in Europe. On this evening, they're playing selections by Mahler, Dubois, and Fauré. Tickets start at just 150rmb, delivered to your door. To buy tickets, click here.
      Shanghai Oriental Art Center 425 Dingxiang Lu, near Century Blvd
    This award winning French piano quartet comes to Shanghai for the 2014 Chamber Concerts series. These chamber musicians graduated from the finest conservatories in France, and have played all the big spots in Europe. On this evening,...
    Shanghai Oriental Art Center

Nov
21

    • The Shanghai Oriental Art Center presents The West End Men concert, performing vocal arrangements by leading West End Maestro, David White as well as songs from the biggest shows in the world and a selection of their own personal favorites. Starts at 7.15pm. Price ranges from 80rmb to 880rmb. Click here for more details.
      Shanghai Oriental Art Center 425 Dingxiang Lu, near Century Blvd
    The Shanghai Oriental Art Center presents The West End Men concert, performing vocal arrangements by leading West End Maestro, David White as well as songs from the biggest shows in the world and a selection of their own personal...
    Shanghai Oriental Art Center

On
going

    • Oil painting and mixed medium exhibition by WangXuejun, Fan Shiqiang, and Zeng Lingxin. The artists "use vibrant colours to visualize the conflicts and reflections between Chinese tradition and today’s modernization in China." Free exhibit running Tue–Sunday, 1pm–9pm.
      Noeli Gallery 150 B Yueyang Lu, near Yongjia Lu

    Oil painting and mixed medium exhibition by WangXuejun, Fan Shiqiang, and Zeng Lingxin. The artists "use vibrant colours to visualize the conflicts and reflections between Chinese tradition and today’s modernization in China." Free...
    Every Sat & Sun until Sep 18 at Noeli Gallery

 
    • Noeli Gallery presents a group exhibition featuring three Chinese contemporary artists Wang Xuejun, Fan Shiqiang and Zeng Lingxin’s latest artworks. Three artists use vibrant colours to visualize the conflicts and reflections between Chinese tradition and today’s modernization in China.
      Noeli Gallery 150 B Yueyang Lu, near Yongjia Lu
    Noeli Gallery presents a group exhibition featuring three Chinese contemporary artists Wang Xuejun, Fan Shiqiang and Zeng Lingxin’s latest artworks. Three artists use vibrant colours to visualize the conflicts and reflections between...
    Daily until Sep 18 at Noeli Gallery
 
    • A group exhibition to grandly open one of the city's newest galleries, The Ways of Object Being Named features works by Jiang Zhi, Shao Yinong, Yang Xinguang, Ren Zhitian, Ma Shuqing, Lv Shanchuan, Zhang Xuerui and Wang Lei.
      Mao Space (Heng Shan Fang) 3-5, Lane 320, Tian Ping Lu, near Hengshan Lu
    A group exhibition to grandly open one of the city's newest galleries, The Ways of Object Being Named features works by Jiang Zhi, Shao Yinong, Yang Xinguang, Ren Zhitian, Ma Shuqing, Lv Shanchuan, Zhang Xuerui and Wang Lei.
    Daily until Oct 12 at Mao Space (Heng Shan Fang)
 
  • Right next to the massive Kerry Center in Jing'an, Mao Space presents a new exhibition this fall featuring three emerging artists: Gong Chenyu, Shi Xiaobo and Wang Congyi.
    Daily until Oct 12 at Mao Space (Kerry Center)
 
    • Taking place as part of the wider Photo Shanghai art fair, Minsheng Museum in partnership with Beijing's CAFA presents a comprehensive overview of Chinese photography from 2009 through to the present day. To that end, expect offerings from a who's who of contemporary art including Hu Jieming, Jiang Pengyi, Liu Bolin, Yang Fudong, Zhang Dali and loads more, all spanning photography, installation and video.
      Minsheng Art Museum Bldg F, 570 Huaihai Xi Lu near Hongqiao Lu

    Taking place as part of the wider Photo Shanghai art fair, Minsheng Museum in partnership with Beijing's CAFA presents a comprehensive overview of Chinese photography from 2009 through to the present day. To that end, expect offerings from...
    Daily until Oct 15 at Minsheng Art Museum

 
    • Realized in 2013, Xiao Jiang's recent series of landscape paintings goes on display at Vanguard Gallery in the artist's latest Shanghai solo. Works on display are directly inspired by his hometown in the Jinggang Mountains, and Xiao's numerous hikes in Jiangsu and Zhejiang...
      Vanguard Gallery 2/F, Bldg 4A, 50 Moganshan Lu, near Changhua Lu
    Realized in 2013, Xiao Jiang's recent series of landscape paintings goes on display at Vanguard Gallery in the artist's latest Shanghai solo. Works on display are directly inspired by his hometown in the Jinggang Mountains, and Xiao's...
    Daily until Oct 19 at Vanguard Gallery
 
    • A solo exhibition by Indian artist Subodh Gupta grandly opens new gallery Arario this August. Known for his large-scale installations created from everyday tools and utensils, works on display include This is Not a Fountain. Comprising kitchen paraphernalia found in your typical Indian kitchen, it also features 20 open taps pouring water...
      Arario Gallery 1-2, 320 Tianping Lu, near Hengshan Lu

    A solo exhibition by Indian artist Subodh Gupta grandly opens new gallery Arario this August. Known for his large-scale installations created from everyday tools and utensils, works on display include This is Not a Fountain. Comprising...
    Daily until Oct 26 at Arario Gallery

 
    • MoCA's newest show, Aura of Poetry, comprises works by ten contemporary Chinese artists that allude to the beauty of poetry and, according to the press release, its 'spiritual power'. All light, soothing and peaceful, it sounds like a relaxing choice this summertime... Featured artists include Peng Yangjun, Wang Youshen, Yang Yongliang, and Zhang Enli.
      MOCA Shanghai People's Park, 231 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Huangpi Bei Lu

    MoCA's newest show, Aura of Poetry, comprises works by ten contemporary Chinese artists that allude to the beauty of poetry and, according to the press release, its 'spiritual power'. All light, soothing and peaceful, it sounds like a...
    Daily until Sep 10 at MOCA Shanghai

 
    • OCT Contemporary Art Terminal presents summertime show, Metamorphosis – Mirror, a double solo by photographers Daniel Lee and Roger Ballen. Hailing from Chongqing and New York respectively, both share a penchant for the grotesque, and the blurred boundaries between humans and their surrounding environment...
      OCAT 1016 Bei Suzhou Lu, near Wen'an Lu

    OCT Contemporary Art Terminal presents summertime show, Metamorphosis – Mirror, a double solo by photographers Daniel Lee and Roger Ballen. Hailing from Chongqing and New York respectively, both share a penchant for the grotesque, and...
    Daily until Sep 14 at OCAT

 
 
    • Silk to Bitcoin, the latest exhibition from the Liu Dao art collective reflects on both traditional and contemporary forms of China's resources, from silk to personal electronic devices and manufactured goods. Learn more here.
      Island6 Arts Center 2/F, Bldg 6, 50 Moganshan Lu, near Changhua Lu
    Silk to Bitcoin, the latest exhibition from the Liu Dao art collective reflects on both traditional and contemporary forms of China's resources, from silk to personal electronic devices and manufactured goods. Learn more here.
    Daily until Sep 27 at Island6 Arts Center
 
    • A China-side first for Turkish artist Mehmet Ali Uysal, solo exhibition The Past takes over Pearl Lam Gallery this fall. There, he presents a new series of sculptures and installations called Suspended and Painting that explore the concept of value in art as a cultural production and commodity. Raising questions surrounding the nature of contemporary art, its institutions and the art market, the show casts a challenging, critical eye on Western models of artistic display, process and, to Uysal's mind, homogenisation.
      Pearl Lam Galleries G/F, 181 Jiangxi Zhong Lu, near Fuzhou Lu

    A China-side first for Turkish artist Mehmet Ali Uysal, solo exhibition The Past takes over Pearl Lam Gallery this fall. There, he presents a new series of sculptures and installations called Suspended and Painting that explore the...
    Daily until Nov 15 at Pearl Lam Galleries

 
    • One of China's best-known contemporary artists Cai-Guo Qiang is the subject of this not-to-be-missed solo show at Shanghai Power Station of Art. The Ninth Wave focuses on current global environmental and ecological crises through traditional Chinese aesthetics and philosophy. Expect Cai's signature 'gunpowder paintings' (as explosive as they sound), a lake of ink created inside the museum, and an installation comprising 99 wolves. More on that here.
      Power Station of Art 200 Huayuangang Lu, near Miaojiang Lu

    One of China's best-known contemporary artists Cai-Guo Qiang is the subject of this not-to-be-missed solo show at Shanghai Power Station of Art. The Ninth Wave focuses on current global environmental and ecological crises through...
    Daily until Oct 26 at Power Station of Art

 
    • Fresh from its stint in Singapore, Cartier's traveling exhibition Time Art lands at Shanghai's Power Station of Art in July. On display will be over 180 timepieces charting the luxe brand's long history in watchmaking. The earliest on show - a stunning chatelaine number - dates from 1874, with other highlights including a series of Art Deco clocks embellished with white jade, onyx, coral and lots and lots of diamonds. The exhibition also features recent icons from the brand, all set alongside stunning photography.
      Power Station of Art 200 Huayuangang Lu, near Miaojiang Lu

    Fresh from its stint in Singapore, Cartier's traveling exhibition Time Art lands at Shanghai's Power Station of Art in July. On display will be over 180 timepieces charting the luxe brand's long history in watchmaking. The earliest on show...
    Daily until Oct 12 at Power Station of Art

 
    • Island6 kick off a summertime show over at their newish Bund-side space this June. Taking a sideways look at the stereotype of the struggling artist, The Artist Always Gets Paid Last features a new selection of the collective's signature digitally-addled works, complete with interactive elements, LEDs galore and technical wizardry.
      Island6 Bund G/F, 17 Fuzhou Lu, near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu
    Island6 kick off a summertime show over at their newish Bund-side space this June. Taking a sideways look at the stereotype of the struggling artist, The Artist Always Gets Paid Last features a new selection of the collective's signature...
    Daily until Sep 12 at Island6 Bund
 
    • The inaugural exhibition of Shanghai's newest arts institution showcases key contemporary pieces sourced from the private collection of the museum's founder, Chinese-Indonesian entrepreneur Budi Tek. On show will be some 100 pieces by 67 international talents, with Adel Abdessemed's massive Telle mère tel fils taking center-stage in the converted airplane hangar. Works on display explore ideas surrounding myths, legends and history, and the show is curated by Wu Hung. SmartShanghai's review right here.
      YUZ Museum 35 Fenggu Lu, near Longteng Avenue
    The inaugural exhibition of Shanghai's newest arts institution showcases key contemporary pieces sourced from the private collection of the museum's founder, Chinese-Indonesian entrepreneur Budi Tek. On show will be some 100 pieces by 67...
    Daily until Nov 18 at YUZ Museum
 
    • Active since the 1960s, Australian-born Shaw works predominantly in tech and virtual forms that focus on the relationship between the artwork and the viewer. To that end, in 2000 he created AVIE (Advanced Visualization and Interaction Environment): billed as the 'world’s first artistically-conceived 360-degree stereoscopic interactive visualization and audification environment', it's essentially a means to show new types of interactive, immersive creative content by not just Shaw, but also a whole host of other artists, with works by Jean Michel Bruyère, Sarah Kenderdine, Ulf Langheinrich and Peter Weibel all making an appearance during the show's 6-month duration. Alongside of all that, expect new works by pioneering Chinese artist, Hu Jieming: Tai Chi (launching 8 August) and Prelude (9 May).
      Chronus Art Center Bldg 18, 50 Moganshan Lu, near Aomen Lu
    Active since the 1960s, Australian-born Shaw works predominantly in tech and virtual forms that focus on the relationship between the artwork and the viewer. To that end, in 2000 he created AVIE (Advanced Visualization and Interaction...
    Daily until Nov 28 at Chronus Art Center



Sep 21

Shane Filan 2014

Shane Filan, singer in one of the world's most popular boy bands ever – Westlife – comes to The Shanghai Grand Stage. Expect songs from his recent solo album You And Me and perhaps some old classics as well.

Oct 11

Riccardo Tamai

Italian master guitarist Riccardo Tamai comes to Shanghai as part of the 2014 Chamber Concert series. He's performed at festivals all over the world and on this night he's playing pieces by Bach, Rodrígo, and Kellner.

Daily 7.30pm

ERA

Multi-million dollar show, "ERA: The Intersection of Time," is Shanghai's most popular acrobatic performance featuring aerial walking, bowl balancing and flying trapeze.


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