Wed
17

    • All about change, PO[r]TION is a group exhibition opening at L'Avenue mall in December. The title comes from the fusing of 'Potion' and 'Portion', pointing to art's spellbinding quality, and also of various kinds of production. The show's shopping mall context plays a role, highlighting the gap between an 'art experience' and 'an everyday experience'. Spanning animation, text, sculpture, installation and paintings, that continues through end January.
      L'Avenue (Hongqiao) 99 Xianxia Lu, near Zunyi Lu
    All about change, PO[r]TION is a group exhibition opening at L'Avenue mall in December. The title comes from the fusing of 'Potion' and 'Portion', pointing to art's spellbinding quality, and also of various kinds of production. The show's...
    L'Avenue (Hongqiao)

Thu
18

    • The Groove Choreographer’s Showcase is a modern dance competition. It's got eight choreographers from around the globe, 25 dancers from China and abroad., five judges from various industries. The winner of competition, chosen by a panel of judges, will receive the title “Best Choreographer” along with a video reel. The choreographer who gets the most votes from the audience gets 5000rmb cash. Presale tickets are 150/200/250rmb until Dec 15, which you can get by emailing tickets@groove-ent.com. Door price is 220/270/350rmb. Starts at 8pm.
      The Pearl 471 Zhapu Lu, near Wujin Lu

    The Groove Choreographer’s Showcase is a modern dance competition. It's got eight choreographers from around the globe, 25 dancers from China and abroad., five judges from various industries. The winner of competition, chosen by a panel...
    The Pearl


Fri
19

    • Island6 unveil a new exhibition of artworks by Liu Dao collective this winter: Neuro-Rhumba. Known for their genre-busting pieces incorporating sound, light and interactive elements, the collectives latest offerings examine how the brain responds to art. The show grandly opens on 19 December from 7pm through 10pm.
      Island6 Arts Center 2/F, Bldg 6, 50 Moganshan Lu, near Changhua Lu
    Island6 unveil a new exhibition of artworks by Liu Dao collective this winter: Neuro-Rhumba. Known for their genre-busting pieces incorporating sound, light and interactive elements, the collectives latest offerings examine how the brain...
    Island6 Arts Center

Sat
20

    • A brand new media art prize hits up OCAT Shanghai this winter. A panel of international curators will pick the winner from eight finalists - Cheng Ran, Fang Lu, Li Ran, Li Ming, Lin Ke, Lu Yang, Xu Wenkai and Zhang Ding - on the opening of the three-month long exhibition. Taking entropy as its theme - that is, the the direction of all physical changes taking places in the universe - shortlisted artists present portions of re-worked reality altered to the point of releasing new meanings... Should be good.
      OCAT 1016 Bei Suzhou Lu, near Wen'an Lu
    A brand new media art prize hits up OCAT Shanghai this winter. A panel of international curators will pick the winner from eight finalists - Cheng Ran, Fang Lu, Li Ran, Li Ming, Lin Ke, Lu Yang, Xu Wenkai and Zhang Ding - on the opening of...
    OCAT
 
    • Minsheng Art Museum hosts a solo exhibition by Liu Guangyun this winter, showcasing three of the artist's recent series: Section, Trajectory, and Transmigration. Exploring big themes of interrogation and reflection, of both the individual and the group, Liu works across a range of media including film, text, sculpture and installation.
      Minsheng Art Museum Bldg F, 570 Huaihai Xi Lu near Hongqiao Lu
    Minsheng Art Museum hosts a solo exhibition by Liu Guangyun this winter, showcasing three of the artist's recent series: Section, Trajectory, and Transmigration. Exploring big themes of interrogation and reflection, of both the individual...
    Minsheng Art Museum

Tue
23

    • The Shanghai Ballet does their annual performance of Hoffmann's The Nutcracker for two nights only. This version at the Shanghai Grand Theatre adds some Chinese elements and magical stage sets to turn this classic story into a dreamscape. Tickets start at 180rmb on SmartTicket. Shows start at 7.15pm.
      Shanghai Grand Theatre 300 Renmin Da Dao, near Huangpi Bei Lu
    The Shanghai Ballet does their annual performance of Hoffmann's The Nutcracker for two nights only. This version at the Shanghai Grand Theatre adds some Chinese elements and magical stage sets to turn this classic story into a dreamscape....
    Shanghai Grand Theatre
 
    • The Shanghai Ballet does their annual performance of Hoffmann's The Nutcracker for two nights only. This version at the Shanghai Grand Theatre adds some Chinese elements and magical stage sets to turn this classic story into a dreamscape. Show starts at 7.15pm. Tickets start at 180rmb on SmartTicket.
      Shanghai Grand Theatre 300 Renmin Da Dao, near Huangpi Bei Lu

    The Shanghai Ballet does their annual performance of Hoffmann's The Nutcracker for two nights only. This version at the Shanghai Grand Theatre adds some Chinese elements and magical stage sets to turn this classic story into a dreamscape....
    Shanghai Grand Theatre


Sun
28

    • Echo Chamber Singers are proud to be premiering two works in this all German and Austrian program: Stabat Mater by Rheinberger and Bach's Motet BWV230. Having celebrated their 5th Anniversary in May with a sell-out concert at the Shanghai Oriental Art Centre’s main hall, Echo has chosen a more intimate setting in the former French Concession to professionally record this unique holiday season performance. Including some of the most beloved classical composers, the program's enchanting and dramatic selection ranges from Rheinberger’s Abenlied to Mozart’s Requiem and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. Price: *Tickets have nearly sold out; prices range from 80 to 380rmb. 7.30–9pm.
      He Luting Concert Hall 20 Fenyang Lu, near Huaihai Lu inside the Shanghai Conservatory of Music
    Echo Chamber Singers are proud to be premiering two works in this all German and Austrian program: Stabat Mater by Rheinberger and Bach's Motet BWV230. Having celebrated their 5th Anniversary in May with a sell-out concert at the Shanghai...
    He Luting Concert Hall

Jan
01

    • One of the world's top orchestras, who the Miami Herald described as "a living symbol of the best in Russian art", play a New Year's concert at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center. Formed in 1990, they were the first Russian orchestra to perform at the Vatican and in Israel. This show features pieces by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, and Rimsky-Korsakov. Tickets start at 380rmb on SmartTicket but act fast if you want to go, as this will probably sell out. Show starts at 7.30pm.
      Shanghai Oriental Art Center 425 Dingxiang Lu, near Century Blvd

    One of the world's top orchestras, who the Miami Herald described as "a living symbol of the best in Russian art", play a New Year's concert at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center. Formed in 1990, they were the first Russian orchestra to...
    Shanghai Oriental Art Center


Jan
11

    • Making his China debut at ShanghART is Singaporean artist Robert Zhao Renhui, courtesy of solo show, The Nature Collector. Spanning photography, performance, video and installation, Zhao explores the relationship between humans and nature, frequently calling on the language and processes of science. Here, he presents a new series of works focusing on animal traps, the knowledge the devices require, and their inherent covertness...
      Shanghart Gallery Bldg 18, 50 Moganshan Lu, near Changhua Lu

    Making his China debut at ShanghART is Singaporean artist Robert Zhao Renhui, courtesy of solo show, The Nature Collector. Spanning photography, performance, video and installation, Zhao explores the relationship between humans and nature,...
    Shanghart Gallery


Jan
28

    • Experience Olympic-level ice dancing at the theater as The Imperial Ice Stars bring the award-winning classic Swan Lake to the ice in Shanghai for three days only. They've performed this show in more than 30 countries since 2006. Tickets start at 180rmb on SmartTicket and the show starts at 7.15pm.
      Shanghai Culture Square 225 Shanxi Nan Lu, near Fuxing Zhong Lu

    Experience Olympic-level ice dancing at the theater as The Imperial Ice Stars bring the award-winning classic Swan Lake to the ice in Shanghai for three days only. They've performed this show in more than 30 countries since 2006. Tickets...
    Shanghai Culture Square


On
going

    • A small group show of works by ten French and Chinese contemporary artists pops up at Jing'an Kerry Center's Mao Space this December. Called La Vie et l'Espoir (Life and Hope), it spans painting, sculpture, drawing, photography and video. Between them, the international artists explore themes of life and hope, and the relationship between art and health. Artists include Liu Bolin, Wu Junyong, Cerise Doucède and Laurent Pernot.
      Mao Space (Kerry Center) 61, Anyi Lu, near Changde Lu
    A small group show of works by ten French and Chinese contemporary artists pops up at Jing'an Kerry Center's Mao Space this December. Called La Vie et l'Espoir (Life and Hope), it spans painting, sculpture, drawing, photography and video....
    Daily until Dec 28 at Mao Space (Kerry Center)
 
    • Trendy Yunnan noodle shop Slurp! is hosting a photo exhibit showcasing the work of six Shanghai-based photographers: Camille Robiou du Pont, Dace Mihailova, Harrison Thane, Marc Ressang, Nellie Walther, and Seth Dickens. It's mostly street photography, so expect snapshots of the beautiful, the odd, the quirky or delightfully weird scenes of everyday life Shanghai.
      Slurp! 1000 Changping Lu, near Yanping Lu
    Trendy Yunnan noodle shop Slurp! is hosting a photo exhibit showcasing the work of six Shanghai-based photographers: Camille Robiou du Pont, Dace Mihailova, Harrison Thane, Marc Ressang, Nellie Walther, and Seth Dickens. It's mostly street...
    Daily until Dec 21 at Slurp!
 
    • A group exhibition at Magda Danysz Gallery presents work by three artists: Huang Rui, Li Hongbo and Jiang Ji'an. Between them, they explore ideas around the notions of meaning and matter, each creating pieces that tell unique, poetic stories. That includes how words relate to image, and language links to reality.
      Gallery Magda Danysz 188 Linqing Lu, near Yangshupu Lu
    A group exhibition at Magda Danysz Gallery presents work by three artists: Huang Rui, Li Hongbo and Jiang Ji'an. Between them, they explore ideas around the notions of meaning and matter, each creating pieces that tell unique, poetic...
    Daily until Jan 10 at Gallery Magda Danysz
 
    • The most successful German-language musical ever comes to Shanghai this winter. Elisabeth tells the story of Sisi, the Empress of Austria, and her long relationship with Death. Expect lavish costumes, choreography, and set design. This show has been performed in eleven different countries, in seven languages, to ten million captivated audience members. Performed in German with Chinese and English subtitles. Tickets start at 400rmb, available here on SmartTicket. Shows start at 7.15pm.
      Shanghai Culture Square 225 Shanxi Nan Lu, near Fuxing Zhong Lu

    The most successful German-language musical ever comes to Shanghai this winter. Elisabeth tells the story of Sisi, the Empress of Austria, and her long relationship with Death. Expect lavish costumes, choreography, and set design. This...
    Daily until Jan 11 at Shanghai Culture Square

 
    • M97 Gallery presents an exhibition of 3D lenticular color photographs by Han Lei. Spiral features new works spanning the Henan-born talent's mainstay of still photography, video, and paintings. The exhibition sees the boundary-busting artist experiment with grating plates to create three-dimensional images, creating what the Han calls “transient instants”: static moments that might vanish are otherwise given motion and dynamism. Good stuff.
      m97 2/F, 97 Moganshan Lu, near Changhua Lu

    M97 Gallery presents an exhibition of 3D lenticular color photographs by Han Lei. Spiral features new works spanning the Henan-born talent's mainstay of still photography, video, and paintings. The exhibition sees the boundary-busting...
    Daily until Dec 28 at m97

 
    • Produced by locally-based arts collective MadeIn Company, Xu Zhen's Blissful As Gods takes over ShanghART on Moganshan Lu this winter. Spanning installation, sculpture and painting, the show takes a celestial theme, reimagining traditional Buddhist statues using new, and oftentimes surprising, materials. Expect culture clashes and all round chaos... Should be good.
      Shanghart Gallery Bldg 18, 50 Moganshan Lu, near Changhua Lu
    Produced by locally-based arts collective MadeIn Company, Xu Zhen's Blissful As Gods takes over ShanghART on Moganshan Lu this winter. Spanning installation, sculpture and painting, the show takes a celestial theme, reimagining traditional...
    Daily until Dec 26 at Shanghart Gallery
 
    • Korean artist KeySook Geum works with twisted wire, beads, crystals and pearls to create life-size sculptures of dresses and qipao that incorporate a distinct glamor, and subtle sense of femininity. Casting playful shadows across gallery walls, Wire and Light explores altogether new kinds of flowing 'fabrics' and delicate 'lace', all crafted from surprising materials.
      Art+ Shanghai 191 Nan Suzhou Lu, near Sichuan Zhong Lu

    Korean artist KeySook Geum works with twisted wire, beads, crystals and pearls to create life-size sculptures of dresses and qipao that incorporate a distinct glamor, and subtle sense of femininity. Casting playful shadows across gallery...
    Daily until Dec 31 at Art+ Shanghai

 
    • One of the cities top - if tiniest - galleries for glass and ceramics host an exhibition of nine artists this winter, all making beautiful objects linked to the art of living. Expect all sorts of home-ware creations from the likes of Bian Xiaocen, Fu Ruohan, Ran Xiangfei and Wang Yufeng.
      Two Cities Gallery 20 Shaoxing Lu, near Ruijin Er Lu
    One of the cities top - if tiniest - galleries for glass and ceramics host an exhibition of nine artists this winter, all making beautiful objects linked to the art of living. Expect all sorts of home-ware creations from the likes of Bian...
    Daily until Jan 8 at Two Cities Gallery
 
    • Pearl Lam Galleries presents group exhibition, Words Tend to Be Inadequate: featuring works that incorporate text into visual art, eight international artists work with painting, collage, photography, LED signs, installation, and film. The show's title comes from Jenny Holzer's Truisms series - her striking, scrolling digital screens will be on display at the gallery, set alongside works old and new by Daniel Gustav Cramer, Gonkar Gyatso, QinYufen, Qiu Zhenzhong, Tsang Kin-Wah, Wang Qingsong, and Zhu Jinshi. Should be good.
      Pearl Lam Galleries G/F, 181 Jiangxi Zhong Lu, near Fuzhou Lu

    Pearl Lam Galleries presents group exhibition, Words Tend to Be Inadequate: featuring works that incorporate text into visual art, eight international artists work with painting, collage, photography, LED signs, installation, and film. The...
    Daily until Jan 10 at Pearl Lam Galleries

 
    • Bund-side space BANK presents a solo show of works of by Fang Wei, his second in Shanghai. On display will be recent paintings, all completed within the past two years. Combining watercolors with thick black Chinese ink, or else embarking on much larger works in oils, his technique lends itself well to his signature ambiguous narratives.
      BANK Gallery 1/f, 59 Xianggang Lu near Sichuan Lu

    Bund-side space BANK presents a solo show of works of by Fang Wei, his second in Shanghai. On display will be recent paintings, all completed within the past two years. Combining watercolors with thick black Chinese ink, or else embarking...
    Daily until Jan 11 at BANK Gallery

 
    • FQ Projects presents a solo show of recent works by Shanghainese artist, Wang Dawei. His experimental paintings incorporate a cement base and traditional ink wash to look like graffiti. Drawing on his own day-to-day experiences, his large-scale canvases depict urban settings with pop culture elements, as well as more conventional China scenes of mahjong, caged birds and park life.
      FQ Projects No 76, 927 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Shanxi Nan Lu
    FQ Projects presents a solo show of recent works by Shanghainese artist, Wang Dawei. His experimental paintings incorporate a cement base and traditional ink wash to look like graffiti. Drawing on his own day-to-day experiences, his...
    Daily until Jan 23 at FQ Projects
 
    • Famous for his abstract artwork, Sean Scully's work has been featured in over 150 museums and institutions worldwide. Scully's artwork is now coming to China for the first time. Over half a century of artwork from London to New York will be on display. His works range from oil to watercolor and pastel, photography, and more. Scully sculpted a new piece titled China Piled Up, which will be on special display in honour of this exhibition.
      SmSh Territory n/a
    Famous for his abstract artwork, Sean Scully's work has been featured in over 150 museums and institutions worldwide. Scully's artwork is now coming to China for the first time. Over half a century of artwork from London to New York will...
    Daily until Jan 25 at SmSh Territory
 
    • The Ailing Foundation - linked to Shanghai Charity Foundation - hosts an exhibition of photography by Chinese artist Fu Yu at Bund18. Proceeds from sales go to medical care and education of disadvantaged children from Shanghai, and beyond. Known for his emotive style and for building miniature worlds-within-worlds, that's on show through March 2015.
      Bund 18 Temporary Art Space 2/F, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Nanjing Dong Lu
    The Ailing Foundation - linked to Shanghai Charity Foundation - hosts an exhibition of photography by Chinese artist Fu Yu at Bund18. Proceeds from sales go to medical care and education of disadvantaged children from Shanghai, and beyond....
    Daily until Mar 6 at Bund 18 Temporary Art Space
 
    • The first of four city pavilions of this year's Shanghai Biennale open in December - satellite spots across the city, offering extensions of the main exhibition. Aimed at being platforms of communication, the theme is URBAN=Work & Shop and examines urbanization in China; connections between people, brands, artists and art; and production and consumption. To that end, the first two are housed in Xintiandi (Dec 12 - March 8) and K11 (Dec 19 - March 8). Xintiandi focuses on Spectacle of the City and includes installations focusing on environment and exchange; whilst K11 looks to Mirror of Production: essentially formal versus organic means of making contemporary art.
      SmSh Territory n/a
    The first of four city pavilions of this year's Shanghai Biennale open in December - satellite spots across the city, offering extensions of the main exhibition. Aimed at being platforms of communication, the theme is URBAN=Work & Shop and...
    Daily until Mar 8 at SmSh Territory
 
    • American Gary Baseman comes to Shanghai's K11 for a kitschy, poppy show of drawings, paintings, toys and objects. The LA-born artist, illustrator, animator, and designer is strongly influenced by his family's Jewish family heritage, and is known for deeply personal, atmospheric exhibitions that are full of nostalgic, boundary-defying art. Should be good.
      Chi Art Space K11 Art Mall, 1/F, 300 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Huangpi Nan Lu

    American Gary Baseman comes to Shanghai's K11 for a kitschy, poppy show of drawings, paintings, toys and objects. The LA-born artist, illustrator, animator, and designer is strongly influenced by his family's Jewish family heritage, and is...
    Daily until Mar 5 at Chi Art Space

 
    • FQ Projects is organising a temporary exhibition outside of their Huaihai Lu space, and instead, setting up shop at the offices of Gensler Architects. They're the American firm behind the newest addition to the city's skyline, the Shanghai Tower. More of an opportunity to take artists beyond the gallery walls as opposed to a themed show, featured talents include Dai Mouyu, Li Xinhui, Mou Huan and Xu Ke. The opening event takes place on 30 October from 5.30pm - 8pm. Gensler, One Corporate Avenue, Suite 908, 222 Hubin Road;
      SmSh Territory n/a
    FQ Projects is organising a temporary exhibition outside of their Huaihai Lu space, and instead, setting up shop at the offices of Gensler Architects. They're the American firm behind the newest addition to the city's skyline, the Shanghai...
    Daily until Jan 30 at SmSh Territory
 
    • Barcelona-based artist Eduardo Arranz-Bravo brings his Shanghai solo to Matthew Liu gallery this winter. Recently renowned for experimentations in sculpture, drawings, performance and film-making, Arranz is nonetheless best-known for his colorful figurative paintings. The artist will introduce his show at the exhibition opening on 27 November from 5pm through 8pm.
      Matthew Liu Fine Arts Room 201 -203, 15 Yuan Ming Yuan Lu, near Beijing Dong Lu

    Barcelona-based artist Eduardo Arranz-Bravo brings his Shanghai solo to Matthew Liu gallery this winter. Recently renowned for experimentations in sculpture, drawings, performance and film-making, Arranz is nonetheless best-known for his...
    Daily until Feb 28 at Matthew Liu Fine Arts

 
    • This class teaches little ones to be creative and refine their motor skills. Aimed at three to eight year olds, kids will be able to create different crafts from masks to 3D bugs. Book in blocks of ten and its 110rmb per class, a drop-in class is 140rmb. 4.30pm-6pm.
      The Summit Lane 99, Wulumuqi Zhong Lu, near Fuxing Xi Lu

    This class teaches little ones to be creative and refine their motor skills. Aimed at three to eight year olds, kids will be able to create different crafts from masks to 3D bugs. Book in blocks of ten and its 110rmb per class, a drop-in...
    Daily until Dec 31 at The Summit

 
    • This beginners painting class is for young ones with little or no previous experience of organized painting lessons. Teachers use a step-by-step approach and new skills will be added to each project. Each painting will be finished in one session. 140rmb per class; 4.30pm-5.30pm.
      The Summit Lane 99, Wulumuqi Zhong Lu, near Fuxing Xi Lu

    This beginners painting class is for young ones with little or no previous experience of organized painting lessons. Teachers use a step-by-step approach and new skills will be added to each project. Each painting will be finished in one...
    Daily until Dec 31 at The Summit

 
    • 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 show looks not-be-missed. 30rmb/10rmb (students)
      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...
    Daily until Jan 4 at Rockbund Art Museum

 
    • If you want to hang with the next potential Hemingway, or if your friends are just sick of you wittering away about your next masterpiece, then head to Feeling Café where all the literary folk get together to discuss their work. Anything from novels to screenplays to song lyrics. Free; 7.30pm.
      SmSh Territory n/a
    If you want to hang with the next potential Hemingway, or if your friends are just sick of you wittering away about your next masterpiece, then head to Feeling Café where all the literary folk get together to discuss their work. Anything...
    Every Mon at SmSh Territory
 
    • Now in its 10th edition, Shanghai Biennale returns this winter for a five-month tenure at Power Station of Art. This one's headed up by young Berlin-based curator, Anselm Franke and takes the theme of 'Social Factory': what characterizes the production of the social and society, and how does it relate to fictions and history? A recurring point of reference throughout the show is 1978 - the year of China's opening-up, and the starting point of contemporary art in China. With this in mind, the selection of works on display aims to examine how this production of the social has changed since then, and in what ways advanced data and profiling technologies have impacted production. The exhibition features works by more than 50 international talents and is accompanied by a yet-to-be-confirmed program of lectures and events.
      Power Station of Art 200 Huayuangang Lu, near Miaojiang Lu

    Now in its 10th edition, Shanghai Biennale returns this winter for a five-month tenure at Power Station of Art. This one's headed up by young Berlin-based curator, Anselm Franke and takes the theme of 'Social Factory': what characterizes...
    Daily until Mar 31 at Power Station of Art

 
    • Minsheng Museum unveils its brand new space - in the former French pavilion of the 2010 Expo, no less - with group exhibition, Cosmos. Spanning six sections and 52 international artists, the show looks at the infinite possibilities theoretically existing in the field of physics. That includes how humans perceive their relationship with the natural world (natural sciences), their relationships with themselves (the humanities or anthropology) and their relationship with architecture...
      M21: 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum 1929 Expo Avenue, near Tangzijing Lu
    Minsheng Museum unveils its brand new space - in the former French pavilion of the 2010 Expo, no less - with group exhibition, Cosmos. Spanning six sections and 52 international artists, the show looks at the infinite possibilities...
    Daily until Apr 19 at M21: 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum



Nov 29-Dec 24

German Christmas Market

Artists and vendors offering an array of toys, jewelry, and decorations at this years' Christmas celebration in Xuhui Greenspace.

Dec 31

Disco Heaven NYE

MVP returns to the 91st floor of the bottle opener for this New Year's banger. This one has free flow on tapas, finger foods, canapés, champagne, spirits, and views of the city.

Jan 3

Budapest Symphony Orchestra

Hungary's second oldest symphony orchestra comes to Shanghai for a New Year's concert with their highly acclaimed conductor András Keller. Expect selections from Johann Strauss II and Dvořák to ring in 2015.


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