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ART EXHIBITIONS
  • daily until Dec 8 2016
    A collaboration with London's Serpentine Galleries, group exhibition "Hack Space" hits up K11 this winter. Exploring an alternative hacker narrative, it features works by eleven artists set inside 'skyline' exhibition design by Berlin-based artist Simon Denny. Think memories and moments from recent hacker activity in the West, all set alongside unconventional methodologies and materials....
  • daily until Dec 8 2016
    A kind of two-in-one exhibition at K11 showcases works by French-Algerian artist Neïl Beloufa alongside Chinese artist Guan Xiao. Titled Soft(a)ware and Elastic Sleep respectively, both shows explore digital communication and the Internet as a universal tool for understanding the world, regardless of geographical location. Comprising sculpture, moving-image and immersive...
  • daily until Dec 15 2016
    A group exhibition featuring works by nine young artists, Forest of Imagination comes courtesy of UNDEF/NE and photography platform, Go East Project. Exploring issues of man and nature, space and memory, violence and depression, and how identity is forged, it includes photobooks, installations, moving image and performance. Artists are Ronghui Chen, Yang Zhou, Diwu Yangyang, Yuxin Jiang,...
  • daily until Dec 18 2016
    The orignator of Pop Art returns to Shanghai again this fall, this time in the form of his seminal Shadows series. Created between 1978-79, they mark the culmination of the artist's interest in shadows. The silk-screened canvas panels, shown end-to-end to form a single 'installation' whose size depends on the exhibition space, are typically bright, the shadows themselves alternating...
  • daily except Mon until Dec 18 2016
    Group show Envision features works by 12 artists from China, all based around reflections on traditional Chinese culture and possibilities for future contemporary art. That includes the likes of Dachun Ji, whose work was included in the China Pavilion at last year's Venice Biennale, and figurative painting by Rongjun Dou and Shu Tang. Grandly opens Saturday 29 October at 4pm.
  • daily until Dec 26 2016
    Shanghai-based Taiwanese artist Hsuan-Ying Chen explores the significance of our home environments in solo exhibition, Domesticate. Her whimsical paintings take inspiration from the stylized, curated imagery of IKEA catalogues to question to what extent our physical environs, furnishings and mod cons mirror our own aspirations. Banshe Art Lab, 254, Lane 4, Nanchang Lu, near Ruijin Lu.
  • daily until Dec 30 2016
    Featuring works by Liu Xiaodong, Carsten Nicolai, and Nam June Paik, Datumsoria is all digital delights, kicking off with a contemporary representation of Genghis Khan - complete with bicycle, diving helmet, a pile of television cases, and neon lights. Elsewhere, Liu Xiaodong's time-based work incorporates video camera footage from key locations in Shanghai, Beijing, and the artist’s...
  • daily except Mon until Jan 7 2017
    Group exhibition Slippages sees nine artists play on the spatial conditions inherent to their work, and between the artwork and the viewer - both in terms of content, and structure. Think artworks spanning a range of media that are 'slippery' in meaning or disquieting in effect, challenging perceptual habits. All communication, miscommunication, intimacy, and exchange, artists include...
  • daily until Jan 15 2017
    YUZ Museum presents a group show of international artists currently defining new contemporary aesthetics. Their work embodies an intensification of the pop tradition, oftentimes responding to the impact of the Internet on the visual environment. Incorporating the historical tradition of Pop Art as well as the acceleration of digital imagery, artists represent Europe, US and China, including...
  • daily until Jan 15 2017
    A touring exhibition of 20th century art works on loan from the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France goes on display at Shanghai Exhibition Center this winter. That includes works across a full range of media spanning 1907 through to the French institution's launch in 1977. Represented by one artist per each year, they include legendary names including Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Constantin...
  • daily until Feb 15 2017
    A two-part showcase by renowned Shanghainese artist Gu Wenda takes over Minsheng Museum's Pudong outpost this winter. Inside the space, the exhibition includes some 300 pieces from the 1980s through to today. They include the experimental ink and wash paintings for which he's best known, as well as large-scale installation Genes & Metamorphosis. Outside is monumental - not to mention...
  • 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 Dec 20 2016
    This art exhibition features over 300 works, including oil, watercolor, and traditional Chinese paintings, prints, sculptures, and video art from over 70 Shanghai artists. The exhibit central theme is the Wu dialect, spoken in Shanghai and Zhejiang province, and its connection to the styles and influences of Shanghai artists. A fine exhibit to see what the artists of Shanghai are producing and...
  • daily except Mon until Feb 14 2017
    Now in its third edition, the Emerging Curators Project at PSA invites young individuals and collectives from China or of Chinese descent to create an exhibition at the riverside spot. That's judged by a jury of international curators, artists, critics, and directors of art organizations, with the three winning programs on show this winter. Two are on show up on the 5th floor of the museum, and...
  • 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 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 Dec 9 2016
    A solo show by Tian Xiaolei is the first in a series of four exhibitions called Foreign Bodies: Human Identity in a Posthuman World looking at how a new era of increasingly networked tools shape human existence and identity. Tian Xiaolei constructs a world where actual bodies have become virtualized and human encounters are re-cast in the language of anonymity and gaming. To that end,...
  • daily until Dec 10 2016
    Renowned Hong Kong artist Lee Kit has a solo at Aike Dellarco's recently opened West Bund space this winter. Spanning a range of media, his subtle works beautifully merge the everyday - be it the political, social, or the mundane - with artistic practices. Grandly opens Wednesday, 9 November at 3pm.
  • daily until Dec 10 2016
    Wang Yi is a young Shanghainese artist and the subject of an ongoing solo at West Bund's Aike Dellarco gallery. The title is taken from a verse by Tang dynasty poet Han Yu and is pleasingly ambiguous. It could refer to the change of time during one day, or the eternal cycle of time. All recent works, they include the artist's signature process of applying hundred of layers of a translucent...
  • daily until Dec 25 2016
    Rockbund Art Museum hosts the first ever China-side exhibition of late, great American artist, Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957-1996). Renowned for his unconventional methodology and poignancy, the retrospective includes over 40 pieces made between 1987 and 1994. Concerned with the tension between public and private, the shared and the personal, many of the artist’s works feature everyday objects,...
  • daily until Dec 17 2016
    For its inaugural exhibition in the gallery’s new Anfu Lu home, BANK presents a solo by NYC-based Austin Lee. Known for his idiosyncratic, cartoon-like works that are first drafted on an iPad then transferred via more conventional painting techniques, images appear at once computerized, and corporeal. Part digital and with a hefty dose of humor, works are punchy, bright and definitely worth a...
  • daily until Dec 31 2016
    A show focusing on "Magda Danysz Gallery’s expertise in Video art, Street art and Chinese art". For the year end, the show aims at offering an international perspective on contemporary art showing context and media are mixing, always being diverse. "That is where contemporary creation lays: in diversity." No entry fee.
  • daily until Jan 15 2017
    A debut China-side solo for Berlin-based Swedish artist Nina Canell takes over the ever-excellent Leo Xu Projects this winter. Titled Reflexology, the show comprises sculptural works of found and functional objects exploring the connections between material objects and immaterial forces. Also featured is a brand new series of works incorporating site-specific elements found right here in...
  • daily except Mon until Jan 26 2017
    South Korean artist Osang Gwon’s solo The Sculpture takes over Arario Gallery this fall. Best known for his signature ‘photo sculptures’ - think thousands of photos of his subject taken from multiple angles then pasted onto sculpted Styrofoam - this one comes highly recommended. There’s something really intriguing about Gwon’s work - at once sculptural, but not in expected clay or...
  • daily until Dec 18 2016
    Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai MoCA Pavilion present Japanese contemporary Buddhist art group S-VA-HA's project “SHANGRI CLA”. The word “SHANGRI -LA” was known as “The representative of paradise in the East”That it turned the word “SHANGRI -LA” was often used as the name of the resort hotels or Titles or theme of pop songs in Asia. The exhibition is a video art collection comprised of...
  • daily except Mon until Dec 31 2016
    Art+ Shanghai presents a solo show by Ye Hongxing, featuring a recent series of white marble sculptures. Each modeled on a recognizable and iconic bottle of alcohol or perfume, they reveal a contradiction between something seemingly disposable, yet crafted from one of the most durable materials there is. Other works incorporate currency and bills, shown here as mantras and prayers. All ideas...
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai MoCA Pavilion present Japanese contemporary Buddhist art group S-VA-HA's project “SHANGRI CLA”. The word “SHANGRI -LA” was known as “The representative of paradise in the East”That it turned the word “SHANGRI -LA” was often used as the name of the resort hotels or Titles or theme of pop songs in Asia. The exhibition is a video art collection comprised of sutra chanting and text reading from the collective.
  • YUZ Museum presents a group show of international artists currently defining new contemporary aesthetics. Their work embodies an intensification of the pop tradition, oftentimes responding to the impact of the Internet on the visual environment. Incorporating the historical tradition of Pop Art as well as the acceleration of digital imagery, artists represent Europe, US and China, including Alex Israel, Math Bass, Camille Henrot, Liu Yefu and aaajiao.
  • A group show of works by eight young artists opens at OCAT Shanghai this winter. The exhibition is curated by Colin Chinnery and spans photography, film, sculpture and even written word courtesy of rising star Lu Pingyuan. Promising a strong overview of China's new generation, others are Li Liao, Hu Xiangqian, Chen Zhe, Hu Xiangqian, Lin Ke, Na Buqi, Shen Xin and Yu Ji.
  • Part of a big old art project courtesy of Rolls-Royce, ScOP presets a brand new video work by Chinese contemporary artist extraordinaire, Yang Fudong. The film draws on classical tale The Foolish Old Man Removes the Mountains, which has been around since 4th century BCE and has inspired a host of artists over the years. One of the most notable was 20th century master of ink painting Xu Beihong whose work Yang Fudong reinterprets here. The result is a 46-minute long black and white film that's well worth a watch.
  • This looks good: Minsheng Art Museum presents a second group show of Scotland-based contemporary artists in partnership with University of Dundee Museum's Cooper Gallery. The exhibition focuses on moving image, with a 'Fast-Forward' section examining how today's digital cameras, memory cards and the like impact concepts of time. Alongside, a so-called 'Rewind' module looks back to radical works made in the '70s and '80s. Featured artists include George Barber, David Critchley, Anne-Marie Copestake, Mairi Lafferty, Rosalind Nashashibi, Corin Sworn and Dominic Watson.
  • 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 as photos, videos and fashion design, showcasing their understanding of the relationships among nature, environment and humanity. Tickets start from 50rmb (early-bird) to 100rmb (on-site), scan the QR code below to purchase.
  • Rockbund Art Museum hosts the first ever China-side exhibition of late, great American artist, Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957-1996). Renowned for his unconventional methodology and poignancy, the retrospective includes over 40 pieces made between 1987 and 1994. Concerned with the tension between public and private, the shared and the personal, many of the artist’s works feature everyday objects, such as strings of light bulbs, mirrors, wall clocks or printed sheets of paper. Others comprise spilled candy, mirrors, and jigsaws. Expect large-scale works, themes of love and, the uncanny passage of time and a whole lot of quirkiness. Highly recommended.
  • YUZ Museum presents a group show of international artists currently defining new contemporary aesthetics. Their work embodies an intensification of the pop tradition, oftentimes responding to the impact of the Internet on the visual environment. Incorporating the historical tradition of Pop Art as well as the acceleration of digital imagery, artists represent Europe, US and China, including Alex Israel, Math Bass, Camille Henrot, Liu Yefu and aaajiao.