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  • Prairie Gallery at M50 has an opening party for their exhibition, Quasar, by Australian contemporary artist Simon Wilde. At the party, Wilde will give a live demonstration of his techniques. His work features large scale abstract paintings on steel. They're giving way one print, valued at 1500rmb, and a signed copy of Wilde's art book. Starts at 3pm. No cover. Happens at Building 4, unit B114, 50 Moganshan Lu, near Changhua Lu.
  • Vik Munik's solo at Matthew Liu Fine Arts comes highly recommended this springtime. The Brazil-born, New York-based artist is known for incorporating objects such as diamonds, sugar, thread, chocolate syrup and garbage in his collage-paintings to create bold, ironic and poppy imagery.
  • Korean emerging contemporary artist Kim Yongwon’s LED artworks deconstruct the lace patterns that is woven into lingerie and fuses them onto a backdrop of a scenic mountain by different lighting with LED. Inspired by the lingerie from its psychological aspect that represents the desire between revealing and hiding, Kim Yongwon focuses on the space of the boundary of her landscape artworks between exposing and hiding.
  • Beijing-based artist Su Yuhan is the subject of M-Art Center's current exhibition. Expect colorful, playful and abstract oil paintings that are evocative of the natural world.
  • Art + Gallery hosts an exhibition of works by Chongqing-based Zhang Zhenxue and Zhuang Hong Yi of Beijing/Rotterdam this summer. Celebrating a resurgence of crafting and materially-focused work in contemporary art, the exhibition features Zhuang Hong Yi’s flower petal 'collages' on rice paper, inspired by aerial views of the Netherlands' famed flower fields. Zhang Zhenxue, meanwhile, works in thick layers of oil paint and occasionally glass fragments. His works draw on 1950s cinema, and in particular the idea of décor and its function in scenes - think atmospheric chandeliers, staircases and furniture.
  • The ever excellent Leo Xu Projects is teaming up with London's Pilar Corrias Gallery to present a group exhibition this spring called Performing Time. Expect artworks from Chris Huen, Li Qing, Elizabeth Neel, Ken Okiishi, Shahzia Sikander and Taocheng Wang. The opening takes place Saturday, April 23, 6-8pm.
  • Frequency Modulation is the second solo by Yan Heng at Korean mainstay Arario Gallery, and deals in encoded stories and emotions through figurative painting. The artist is interested in societal change, development of scientific technology and its possibilities for humanity. In a timeless style that is evocative of much older works, his depictions of cutting-edge technology are closely aligned with human subjects, effectively blurring nostalgia with uncertainty for the future. The opening for that one takes place Friday, May 13 at 5pm.
  • Art + Gallery hosts an exhibition of works by Chongqing-based Zhang Zhenxue and Zhuang Hong Yi of Beijing/Rotterdam this summer. Celebrating a resurgence of crafting and materially-focused work in contemporary art, the exhibition features Zhuang Hong Yi’s flower petal 'collages' on rice paper, inspired by aerial views of the Netherlands' famed flower fields. Zhang Zhenxue, meanwhile, works in thick layers of oil paint and occasionally glass fragments. His works draw on 1950s cinema, and in particular the idea of décor and its function in scenes - think atmospheric chandeliers, staircases and furniture.
  • Frequency Modulation is the second solo by Yan Heng at Korean mainstay Arario Gallery, and deals in encoded stories and emotions through figurative painting. The artist is interested in societal change, development of scientific technology and its possibilities for humanity. In a timeless style that is evocative of much older works, his depictions of cutting-edge technology are closely aligned with human subjects, effectively blurring nostalgia with uncertainty for the future. The opening for that one takes place Friday, May 13 at 5pm.
  • Major annual 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. More details on their official website. Ticketing and time info as we get it.
  • Photo Shanghai returns to the Exhibition Center (that big Russian building) on Nanjing Xi Lu for year three. 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 on their official website. Ticketing and times as we get it.
  • Major annual 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. More details on their official website. Ticketing and time info as we get it.
  • Photo Shanghai returns to the Exhibition Center (that big Russian building) on Nanjing Xi Lu for year three. 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 on their official website. Ticketing and times as we get it.
  • Major annual 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. More details on their official website. Ticketing and time info as we get it.
  • Photo Shanghai returns to the Exhibition Center (that big Russian building) on Nanjing Xi Lu for year three. 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 on their official website. Ticketing and times as we get it.
  • 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. More info as we get it.
  • 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. More info as we get it.
  • 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.
  • 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 info as we get it.
  • 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. More info as we get it.
  • daily until May 2 2016
    Solid group exhibition WE: A Community of Chinese Contemporary Artists comprises works by a total of 57 artists whose practice spans painting, sculpture, installation and performance. The whole shebang aims to celebrate K11 and K11 Art Foundation's various activities these past few years -- curator Jiang Ye, for example, is the first to be trained by the organization. The show's divided...
  • 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 May 8 2016
    Magda Danysz's eponymous North Bund space builds on its solid reputation for street art with Tang Siu-Hung's solo, The Red Pill. You'll have seen Siu's works around town - he's the guy behind those mind-bending 'wormhole' paintings. At once controlled, flexible and fluid, his lines recall the waves and clouds of historical patterns. Expect variations of those on wood, walls and canvas,...
  • daily until May 8 2016
    Vik Munik's solo at Matthew Liu Fine Arts comes highly recommended this springtime. The Brazil-born, New York-based artist is known for incorporating objects such as diamonds, sugar, thread, chocolate syrup and garbage in his collage-paintings to create bold, ironic and poppy imagery.
  • daily until May 12 2016
    Newish North Bund art spot Shanghai Peninsula Art Museum presents group exhibition Adhesive Identities: featuring works spanning a range of media by 30 young artists, those explore themes around 'Unity in Diversity.' 2/f, Bldg 1, 687 Dongdaming Lu, near Xinjian Lu
  • daily until May 26 2016
    The ever excellent Chronus Art Center hosts Austrian artist Thomas Feuerstein's first China solo. Called Psychoprosa, it comprises 19 artworks that come together to transform the gallery space into a kind of alchemist’s workshop-meets-modern laboratory. Merrily blurring borders between art and science, an overriding theme here is a future society shaped by biotechnological possibilities....
  • daily until May 28 2016
    Zhang Jian-Jun's solo at Pearl Lam centers on the subject of water — both its physical forms, connotations and as the epitome of classical Chinese philosophy. On display will be the artist's latest oil and ink paintings alongside sculpture and archival documentation of his art installations and performances dating from the 1980s to the present. A proponent of early abstract art in China, this...
  • daily until May 28 2016
    Beijing-based artist Su Yuhan is the subject of M-Art Center's current exhibition. Expect colorful, playful and abstract oil paintings that are evocative of the natural world.
  • daily until May 31 2016
    The always excellent BANK gallery hosts an important group show this spring, featuring works by ten international artists. As the name suggests, this one's all about Formalism - the emphasis on form over content and meaning in art. The show explores that legacy via works incorporating quotidian materials to create pieces spanning cynical to playful, political and pedantic by the likes of Ai...
  • daily until Jun 12 2016
    Featuring works by Dou Rongjun and Tang Shu, A Moment in Time at AroundSpace explores themes of nature - think water, forests, snowy bamboo, and peach blossoms. Inspired by the American author Henry David Thoreau and his life of solitude and closeness to the natural world, that reverence is translated here through works on canvas, blending oil paints with pastel to striking effect. The...
  • daily until Jun 12 2016
    The ever excellent Leo Xu Projects is teaming up with London's Pilar Corrias Gallery to present a group exhibition this spring called Performing Time. Expect artworks from Chris Huen, Li Qing, Elizabeth Neel, Ken Okiishi, Shahzia Sikander and Taocheng Wang. The opening takes place Saturday, April 23, 6-8pm.
  • daily until Jun 19 2016
    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...
  • daily until Jun 19 2016
    Established Fujian-born artist Huang Yongping is the subject of a major retrospective over at PSA this spring time. A co-founder of '80s art group Xiamen Dada, he's best known for his large-scale installations - including the exhibition's title work. Expect some 30 artworks on display from throughout the artist's stellar career, all offering a critical analysis of the contemporary geopolitical...
  • daily until Jul 31 2016
    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...
  • daily until Aug 28 2016
    A painting widely believed to be an earlier version of Leonardo da Vinci's iconic Mona Lisa travels to Shanghai this summer as part of a multimedia exhibition weighing up proof of its provenance, charting the work's history and rediscovering the Italian Renaissance. The painting in question is thought to have been commissioned in 1503 by Lisa's husband, Francesco del Giocondo - while the...
  • 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 May 3 2016
    A big exhibition of works by Jilin-born artist Zhao Yang spans both of ShanghART's Moganshan Lu spaces this spring. Known for his poetic, almost philosophical paintings exploring issues of humanity through magical, dreamlike imagery, here he presents over 30 new works. The opening takes place at the gallery on March 18 from 4pm through 7pm.
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    Prairie Gallery at M50 has an opening party for their exhibition, Quasar, by Australian contemporary artist Simon Wilde. At the party, Wilde will give a live demonstration of his techniques. His work features large scale abstract paintings on steel. They're giving way one print, valued at 1500rmb, and a signed copy of Wilde's art book. Starts at 3pm. No cover. Happens at Building 4, unit...
  • daily until May 15 2016
    Now in its fourth edition, the John Moores Painting Prize China is pretty unique thanks to its open submission policy. To that end, this year saw some 2,850 entries from 34 provinces, municipalities and regions across Greater China. A jury spanning UK and China whittled those down to 81 shortlisted paintings, including this year's winner... Newly hosted by Minsheng Art Museum, this one's...
  • daily until Jun 8 2016
    Shanghai stalwart M97 debuts its brand new space with a solo show by Chengdu-born artist, Luo Dan. His newest series is called When to Leave and employs an early photographic process called wet-plate collodion to create stunning images of desolated landscapes in western China. Think large-scale works of arid, almost primal locations, whose very means of production points to a kind of...
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  • daily until May 5 2016
    Korean emerging contemporary artist Kim Yongwon’s LED artworks deconstruct the lace patterns that is woven into lingerie and fuses them onto a backdrop of a scenic mountain by different lighting with LED. Inspired by the lingerie from its psychological aspect that represents the desire between revealing and hiding, Kim Yongwon focuses on the space of the boundary of her landscape artworks...
  • daily until Aug 1 2016
    Studio White is a lifestyle brand that "encompasses design, architecture, fine arts, and photography into one space." Currently on display are limited edition photographic prints curated by Anne Tolstoy. Open 10am to 6pm; Tuesday to Sunday.