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ART EXHIBITIONS
  • Some 300 home design brands set up shop in the Shanghai Exhibition Center in March for this annual showcase. As ever, the fair is divided into three main sections: contemporary, classic and collectibles, with big brands including Vitra, HAY and Swarovski all sharing their wares alongside a host of locally-based designers. There's also a program of events, lectures and workshops -- check the official website for those. Open 10am-6pm everyday, except March 9, when it's open from 10am-9pm. One-day tickets cost 200rmb on the door, or 600rmb for a four-day pass; half of that for early bird tix right here on the Internet.
  • Some 300 home design brands set up shop in the Shanghai Exhibition Center in March for this annual showcase. As ever, the fair is divided into three main sections: contemporary, classic and collectibles, with big brands including Vitra, HAY and Swarovski all sharing their wares alongside a host of locally-based designers. There's also a program of events, lectures and workshops -- check the official website for those. Open 10am-6pm everyday, except March 9, when it's open from 10am-9pm. One-day tickets cost 200rmb on the door, or 600rmb for a four-day pass; half of that for early bird tix right here on the Internet.
  • Olafur Eliasson is a huge deal in the world of contemporary art. The Danish-Icelandic artist's experiential works have been shown in top museums and institutions internationally, except -- until now -- China. A retrospective titled Nothingness is not nothing at all takes over Long Museum this spring, bringing with it installations, sculptures, paintings, drawings and film dating from the mid-90s through to today, as well as several brand new works created especially for the space. In signature style, those will incorporate elemental materials such as stone, ice, water and light, while optical devices, lenses and mirrors promise an immersive experience. Ticket price TBA.
  • The world's largest retrospective of sculptures by Alberto Giacometti ever, Yuz Museum's spring blockbuster is definitely one to catch. A super important artist of the 20th century, he's said to embody the spirit of modernism through his instantly recognizable and utterly iconic elongated and distorted figures. Those were mostly created in 1960s Paris and Manhattan, and before that he dabbled in Surrealism, Cubism and portraiture, all of which will be represented in this 250-artwork strong show. The exhibition's curated by none other than the Fondation Giacometti in Paris, and highlights include Walking Woman (1932), The Cage (1951), Walking Man I (1960) and more.
  • Art in the City is a festival and fair focused on promoting up-and-coming artists and galleries in China and beyond. With less of the glitz of some of the city's higher-end fairs, this one's usually a pretty fun affair. Details on the website.
  • Photo Shanghai returns to the Exhibition Center on Nanjing Xi Lu for what marks the extravaganza's third edition. The wildly popular art fair draws collectors, international galleries and world-renowned institutions to the city, all focused on vintage, modern and contemporary photography in its various guises. More info right here
  • Back for its third edition, West Bund Art + Design Fair hits up Shanghai's 'cultural corridor' once again in 2016. Expect a who's who of international galleries and if previous forays are anything to go by, top-notch curation.
  • Shanghai Biennale returns for what marks 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.
  • This high-end art fair, named after Shanghai's area code, is now in its fourth edition and always good for a look-see. If previous incarnations are anything to go by, expect a who's who of blue-chip international galleries, curated exhibitions and a stellar events program. Check the website for more.
  • daily until Feb 14 2016
    Taking over the newish MoCA Pavilion - that glass space next to Gate 7 of People's Park, close to the museum proper - is a site-specific installation by artists Andrzej Wojtas and Ewelina Aleksandrowicz, otherwise known as Pussykrew. The Berlin-based duo's artwork comprises 3D scans of Shanghai, CGI archives and ongoing research into the art/ tech dialogue. The show is the culmination of the...
  • daily until Feb 15 2016
    Now on at the mall, 200 original works by Dalí. Hoping to replicate the phenomenal success of last year's Monet show, K11 is teaming up with the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation to present a major exhibition of the surrealist's work. The late, great Spanish painter was nothing if not prolific, producing paintings, sculptures, jewelery and film until his death in 1989. The only Dalí exhibition in...
  • daily until Feb 19 2016
    Inspired by Don Mclean 1970s ballad Vincent (written for a certain Mr. Van Gogh), Frameless Heads is the Shanghai retrospective of works by Korean artist, Hyung Goo Kang. Spanning two decades, including several recent pieces, works on show comprise oil paintings and finely-textured aluminum plate paints. A mix of self-portraits and studies of celebs living and late, up on the...
  • daily until Feb 22 2016
    For the fourth year running, the always excellent OCAT turns its attention to young and emerging artists through group exhibition, The Ballad of Generation Y. As you'd expect from this constantly boundary-busting institution, works span video, electronic devices, installations, documentation, and loads more besides. Featuring works by ten Chinese talents, the show runs in parallel with...
  • daily until Feb 22 2016
    MadeIn Gallery's latest exhibition is a solo of works by Lu Pingyuan created in response to late Japanese conceptual artist On Kawara. In particular, the show revisits On Kawara's musings on time, how it is measured and perceived. In 1966 On Kawara started his Today series: monochrome paintings of the day, month and year in the language of the country he found himself in on that specific...
  • daily until Mar 12 2016
    Bank Gallery hosts a solo exhibition by up-and-coming young Chinese painter Zheng Haozhong. The show grandly opens 16 January, 4pm through 6pm, and is on until mid March.
  • daily until Mar 18 2016
    WhyWhyArt launches its wintertime group show Babel Me, this time setting up shop in Baoshan gem, Shanghai Museum of Glass. The exhibition addresses ideas of urban renewal, specifically city regeneration and the destruction and rebuilding of property and communities. To that end, expect works spanning a range of media by some 19 international artists including Li Xiaofei, Hadas Zucker,...
  • daily until Apr 10 2016
    Datong Dazhang, real name was Zhang Shengquan, was born in 1955 in Datong City, Shanxi. Just 45 years later on New Year's Eve 2000, the pioneer of contemporary Chinese performance art killed himself. On the 60th anniversary of his birth, Power Station of Art has teamed up with Wen Pulin Archive to create a retrospective of this talented, troubled artist through film and photography, as well as...
  • daily until May 3 2016
    Rockbund Art Museum kicks off 2016 with a solo by Singaporean artist Heman Chong. Ifs, Ands, or Buts "explores spaces between text and images, producing new ways of relating the two through works commissioned specifically for the museum". A master of combining ostensibly disparate references - for example, Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot next to Mr. Bean - Chong creates absurd...
  • daily until Jun 30 2016
    A solo show by Jiangxi-born Yang Yihang, My Studio Got Flooded Because Shanghai is organized by Aqua Arts Foundation and features 15 of the young artist's oil paintings. Inspired by the mountains and lakes of his hometown, Yang's richly-textured works celebrate the natural world. Abstract in style and sometimes featuring collage elements, his huge canvases are well worth a look. To go...
  • daily until Feb 28 2016
    Group exhibition Unordinary Space over at Aurora Museum sees three contemporary artists explore ways of connecting architecturally and metaphorically with the institution's annexed (and pretty fabulous) collection of antiquities and cultural artifacts. To that end, you've got site-specific installations by Liu Shiyuan, Yin Xiuzhen, and Gentucca Bini, all divided into three clear...
  • daily until Mar 3 2016
    Art Labor Gallery kicks off 2016 with group exhibition, Teleportation. Comprising inkjet prints by a roster of international artists, the show explores the technology that allows their work to cross borders and traverse the globe. Featuring several new works by talents working across mixed media, photography and paint, their works here are reproduced in not-so-humble Epson inkjet...
  • daily until Mar 13 2016
    Group show Materialised Sentiments at Pearl Lam takes a look at how physical qualities of specific media - including painting, sculpture and installation - lend works meaning and emotion. To that end, expect offerings from the likes of Chen Yufan, Chun Kwang Young, Pino Pinelli and Yinka Shonibare MBE. Each presenting their own spin on various techniques, Pinelli explores the essence of...
  • daily until Mar 13 2016
    Iconic Japanese group Maywa Denki are musicians, toy makers, and artists that OK Go look up to. You've probably seen the Otamatone, one of their most viral instruments, on the Internet or at random gift shops in Shanghai. They have an exhibition and it's pretty cool. Expect weird toys playing with weird gadgets and lots of Japanese quirkiness. The location itself, the former Shanghai Paper...
  • daily until Mar 20 2016
    The Dunhuang grottoes are the stuff of legends: created between the 4th and 14th centuries, the 1,680-meters long carvings are utterly exquisite. An important stop on the ancient Silk Road, Dunhuang was of strategic importance in connecting China and the West. It's most significant legacy, though, is its art. What with being national treasures and all, not to mention tricky to open up to the...
  • daily until Mar 26 2016
    A group show examining various forms of drawing, The Drawing Hand brings together a diverse bunch of artists whose work spans writing, graphics, cut-outs, foldings, and rough or fragile lines, all executed in materials ranging from video to paper. Expect offerings from the likes of Gael Davrinche, Hubert Barrere, Julien Serve, Liu Bolin, Nathalie Perakis-Valat, Psy, Si Shanglin, Wang...
  • daily until Feb 21 2016
    Yet another stellar architecture show at Power Station of Art, this time around it's the designs, models and musings of Japanese master, Kazunari Sakamoto. All about houses, Sakamoto focuses on people and how they live. Organic in form, his sketches and models hover between concept and reality, treading a fine line between abstraction and figuration. This one's a touring show that's already...
  • daily until Mar 16 2016
    Group show of works spanning a range of media by 21 Chinese artists, all exploring themes of love, sex and the body. Expect offerings from the likes of Chen Tianzhuo, Geng Yini and Miao Ying.
  • daily until Apr 5 2016
    A touring retrospective by Colombian great Fernando Botero comprising paintings and drawings from the artist's own collection, Botero in China is a highlight of Shanghai's springtime art calendar. The figurative artist and sculptor is known for his distinctive, colorful works of large figures, their physical proportions exaggerated. On display will be 96 of Botero's most representative...
  • daily until Mar 1 2016
    The magazine's first big exhibition in mainland China fails to live up to the hype. The confusing ticketing scheme will have you paying at least 180rmb for entry to a heavily branded (Epson, Amazon, Volvo) event. The 18-meter long wall of every National Geographic cover ever is pretty impressive, and you could spend an hour in here if you're reading all the descriptions, but overall, unless...
  • daily until Feb 28 2016
    A group show featuring works by Hu Weiqi, Zhang Wenchao and Sun Yu, Impermanent Scenaries focuses on China's ever-changing urban environments. Chongqing-based painter Hu Weiqi highlights the contradictions and absurdity of the mental pressures of contemporary city life; while Beijing-born Zhang blurs memory and fiction, reimagining the capital as a besieged fortresses of adventure games,...
  • daily until Mar 13 2016
    A group show featuring 13 artists and collectives spanning painting, photography, video and installation, Linguistic Pavilion examines linguistics-oriented practice by contemporary Chinese artists, casting light on the relation between art and language. The show can be roughly divided into three parts, the first of which includes artists who use the language system itself as a working...
  • daily until Feb 28 2016
    An exhibition of British photographer and anthropologist Liz Hingley's portraits of 99 women from Shanghai's streets. The launch event starts at 6.30pm on January 28. You'll need to RSVP by contacting zurita-design to attend. No cover. The exhibition runs daily from 10.30am-8.30pm.