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    This one-evening only project sees Basement6 transformed into a bomb shelter for modern day warfare. Spanning performance, installation and even games, the project imagines what mod cons buyers of top-of-the-line bunkers might look for - protection from cyber attacks, that kind of thing. The artist is none other than Basement6 co-founder, Katy Roseland. Free; 5-9pm, performance at 6pm.
  • Daily until Feb 28 2017
    Mega artist Xu Zhen is getting (even more) existential this fall, as his art corporation MadeIn Company (founded 2009) launch the 'Xu Zhen' brand inside its recently relocated West Bund spot. That's taking the form of - what else? - a retail store where visitors can pick up not just limited edition sculptures and paintings, but also home furnishings, clothing and gifts. Xu Zhen has form here:...
  • Daily until Mar 5 2017
    Shanghai Project is a pan-city, multidisciplinary art and design festival organized by Himalayas Art Museum. At its helm is the organization's director, Yongwoo Lee, along with super curator, Hans Ulrich Obrist. Nothing if not ambitious, Project Shanghai spans various phases with the first focusing on architecture, design, and community-based projects. A highlight will be the Envision Pavilion,...
  • Daily until Mar 11 2017
    Working in animation and ink, young Ningbo-born artist Liu Yi's interactive solo at MoCA Pavilion invites art-goers to enter a shadowy world of black holes, projections and distortions...
  • Daily until Mar 12 2017
    Group show Quotidian features works by 12 international artist, all exploring ways of transcending the ordinary by questioning existing norms through artistic explorations. To that end, expect works by Turkish talent Inci Eviner, British superstar artist Yinka Shonibare MBE, Chinese abstract painter Su Dong Ping, and Japanese artist Sayaka Ishizuka. Grandly opens 6pm Wednesday 18 January.
  • Daily until Apr 2 2017
    ScOP's ringing in the new year with an exhibition of German photography dating from the 1850s to the present day. Germany has long been an incubator of photographic talent, and that's reflected here with names including Leopold Ahrendts, Helmut Newton, and Bernd and Hilla Bechers. Presented chronologically, the 120 works on display track shifts in technique, styles and content, covering key...
  • Daily until Apr 7 2017
    A solo show by Sichuan-based photographer Adou: highly abstract, his newest series spans splashes and strokes evocative of Chinese traditional painting, and linear jumbles. Grandly opens 7 January, 4pm-6pm.
  • Daily until Apr 16 2017
    A two-part exhibition also taking place at Arario Gallery over on Hengshan Lu, Chen Yujun’s solo draws on the artist's native Fujian province. BANK hosts an installation titled The House Cannot Forget: taking the form of an abstract dwelling that houses archival elements, works on paper and video, they blend found imagery with a...
  • Daily until Apr 16 2017
    The second of a two-part exhibition (stop by BANK Gallery for the first), The River Never Remembers comprises mixed media works on paper and installations from Chen Yujun’s Mulan River project. Both segments of the show draw inspiration from Chen's home province of Fujian, with Arario's presentation in particular examining memories...
  • Daily until May 21 2017
    This looks very promising indeed: American artist James Turrell has been working with the medium of light since the 1960s, picking up accolade after accolade, and even opening his own museum in Argentina. He's best known for ongoing work, Roden Crater - fashioned from an extinct volcano, it's a naked-eye observatory out in the Arizona dessert. Other pieces include enclosed apertures or...
  • Daily until Jun 4 2017
    Hunan-born artist Zhou Li's new abstract paintings go on show at Yuz Museum this spring. Comprising works on canvas alongside sound installations, Shadow of the Wind plays on the senses to reveal different perspectives when viewed close up, or from a distance. Think oversized paintings featuring tangled lines, organic shapes, and textured surfaces.
  • Daily until Feb 28 2017
    Qiao Space over at West Bund hosts British artist Martin Creed’s first ever China-side solo. Called Understanding, it features Creed’s signature neons, sculptures, videos, small-scale canvas paintings and site- specific wall paintings. Concerned with the commonplace, the artist incorporates everyday objects and activities into his work (think cardboard boxes, chairs, and the like), all...
  • Daily until Mar 5 2017
    New paintings by Chen Ying, Ding Li, Shang Liang and Xu Dawei go on show at MadeIn Gallery this winter, courtesy of new exhibition Form Consumption Over Substance Reflection. Works explore the relationship between imagination, and the understanding of the substance of things. All admiration, gaze, thought and intention, the exhibition seeks to uncover new and innovative modes of painting.
  • Daily until Mar 12 2017
    Shanghai Biennale returns for its 11th edition this fall, once again taking over the mighty Power Station of Art museum. This time around, the three-month long event is curated by Indian artist/ curator group Raqs Media Collective. A massive exhibition and program of events will explore the possibilities of South-South dialogue within the current scenario of a highly interconnected world. More...
  • Daily until Mar 24 2017
    The third in a series of exhibitions examining issues of posthumanism, this one sees Japanese artist Katsuki Nogami bring ongoing project Yamada Taro to Shanghai as part of his wider solo.
  • Daily until Mar 26 2017
    Beijing-based Song Dong is the subject of a major solo exhibition at Rockbund Art Museum this winter. Featuring some of the artist’s best-known works as well as specially commissioned pieces, the title is a reference to a Confucian aphorism and indicative of Song’s preoccupations with Chinese tradition and inherited wisdom. Presented in seven 'chapters' on each floor of the museum, plus a...
  • Daily until Mar 26 2017
    Works by Hunan-born artist Huang Xiaoliang go on display at photography gallery m97 this winter. Think the urban landscape, its ongoing transition, vibrancy and flux. In particular the archival pigment prints focus on the spaces between old and new architectures, disordered construction, and strangely beautiful traces of humanity and intimacy midst the cityscape. Grandly opens Saturday 7...
  • Daily except Mon until Feb 26 2017
    For her latest solo, artist Nathalie Perakis-Valat turns her attention to the construction workers responsible for Shanghai's dramatic and constantly changing skyline. Called Into the Heart of the City : Building the Future, it comprises the unique and often overlooked stories of 15 individuals, all photographed by the artist for her recent Shanghai Keystones project. Grandly...
  • Daily until Feb 28 2017
    K11 invites British fashion designer brand Vivienne Westwood to host a cross-over exhibition between Chinese contemporary art and eco-friendly fashion. The exhibition, "Get a Life" is a topic inspired by Vivienne Westwood's strong attitude towards climate revolution. A handful of Chinese contemporary artists/ groups like Sunxun, Wu Junyong and Zhang Ruyi will present their works in mediums such...
  • Daily until Apr 8 2017
    Celebrating Japan's master of horror -- Junji Ito, the exhibition showcases the artist's most notable works such as Uzumaki, Tomie, and The Hanging Balloons. Visitors are given an AR headset with special effects and sound. In addition, there's also background stories, installations, interviews, a photo booth and a gift shop. The even is open on weekday from 11am-8am, weekends/ holidays from...
  • Daily except Mon until Apr 18 2017
    Loners - Wang Dawei's solo exhibition is the first show FQ Projects is presenting in 2017. The exhibition showcases the artists 15 newest paintings and some works on paper he crated when he stayed in the US in 2015. He paints the "restlessness, void and depression of urban life, as well as the desire, anger and ignorance of urban dwellers." He uses a wide range of materials, from canvas, paper,...
  • A two-part exhibition also taking place at Arario Gallery over on Hengshan Lu, Chen Yujun’s solo draws on the artist's native Fujian province. BANK hosts an installation titled The House Cannot Forget: taking the form of an abstract dwelling that houses archival elements, works on paper and video, they blend found imagery with a fantastical architectural element. Together, they recall the demolition and urbanization taking place in Chen's hometown this past decade, and the role buildings play in our collective remembrance.
  • The second of a two-part exhibition (stop by BANK Gallery for the first), The River Never Remembers comprises mixed media works on paper and installations from Chen Yujun’s Mulan River project. Both segments of the show draw inspiration from Chen's home province of Fujian, with Arario's presentation in particular examining memories of generations, as well as the impermanence of life...
  • Hunan-born artist Zhou Li's new abstract paintings go on show at Yuz Museum this spring. Comprising works on canvas alongside sound installations, Shadow of the Wind plays on the senses to reveal different perspectives when viewed close up, or from a distance. Think oversized paintings featuring tangled lines, organic shapes, and textured surfaces.
  • This one-evening only project sees Basement6 transformed into a bomb shelter for modern day warfare. Spanning performance, installation and even games, the project imagines what mod cons buyers of top-of-the-line bunkers might look for - protection from cyber attacks, that kind of thing. The artist is none other than Basement6 co-founder, Katy Roseland. Free; 5-9pm, performance at 6pm.
  • French photographers Bettina Rheims and Serge Bramly revisit a series of images taken by the pair in 2002 that sought to capture the spirit of women in Shanghai. Grandly opens Thursday 2 March, 6-7.30pm.
  • An exhibition entitled Garden Memories -- "a new body of digital collages which mesh together images of natural and urban environments. In this new exhibition, Clara Feder has engulfed these hard-edged and sterile environments in wildness and life, alongside with a memory quality. These plants hues contaminate the city with the energy and the will of the natural world."
  • Moganshan Lu gem Antenna Space teams up with Galerie Urs Meile to present a solo by Beijing and Chongqing-born artist Zhou Siwei.
  • Part of K11's ongoing partnership with New York's New Museum, group exhibition After Us examines ways in which Chinese and international artists use surrogates, proxies and avatars to expand the notion of being human. A mixed media affair - works span sculpture, installation, photography, performance and video, plus augmented and virtual reality - it includes pieces by a host of hot-right-now names like Ian Cheng, Cecile Evans, Lin Ke and Miao Ying. Together, they explore how stand-ins for the self amplify current social conditions, and speculate on future states.
  • Liang Shaoji has been working with silkworms for 28 years. Now, he presents a series of new works in a solo called Sha Sha Sha - that is, 沙> (sha), the sound generated by silkworms while feasting on mulberry leaves; 纱 (sha), the pronunciation of the texture of silk; and 砂 (sha), meaning sand which is a critical component of one of the works on show here. He has the silkworms interact with his sculptural works to literally 'wrap' them in gossamer-light threads. Recommended.
  • Continuing a recent run of top-notch architecture exhibitions, Power Station of Art turns its attention to Pritzker prize-winning Japanese architect, Toyo Ito. The show outlines the architect's research-focused process through models, images and drawings.