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  • Some kind of live art show happening on Friday at M64, across from IAPM on Shaanxi Nan Lu. They say: "Endogenetic force stems from dynamic physiological mechanism. Compared with fission, it seems to be more endogenous and likely to refuse to become an existence that one is opposing. Temptation, confusion, provocation and confrontation in reciprocation will bring more possibilities. The live art exhibition “Endogenetic Force” composed of such art forms as multimedia, dance, installation, performance art, noise art, and poem will provide you with an Immersive and interactive experience." Whoa. Cover is 60rmb. Starts at 6pm sharp.
  • Always good for a spot of new media art, OCAT's latest group show features five top talents from the UK and is called The Distant Unknown. Spanning video, photography, sculpture and sound, works contemplate issues and connotations of "distance." Featured artists include Isaac Julien, whose Stones Against Diamonds comprises five enormous screens; Cornelia Parker's 'street sculptures'; Katie Paterson; Susan Philipsz; and Ben Rivers. All super-established, this one comes highly recommended.
  • American artist Chris Salter brings Haptic Field to Chronus Art Center this summer. That sees him work with Italian artist and musician TeZ on a multi-sensory installation that uses wearable technology to create physical experience. Garments were designed by Chinese fashion brand JNBY. This one's pretty special: produced especially for CAC, it covers four boundary-busting areas: art involving the senses, wearable tech, sensory anthropology, and the science of haptics. Visitors to the exhibition will be instructed to don one those specially designed garments, each comprising a one-piece unit with attached hood and visor. Wireless devices developed Input Devices and Music Interaction Laboratory at McGill University in Montreal then trigger vibrations, sensations and what sounds to be a pretty unique experience. Tickets cost 30rmb (weekdays) or 40rmb (weekends) online; or 35rmb/45rmb on the door.
  • A group exhibition featuring 52 Chinese artists and collectives goes on display at Minsheng Art Museum this summer. Ranging from painting, sculpture and installation, through to video, animation and more, together they present a broad overview of how contemporary artists have responded to China's enormous societal shifts since 2000. Expect offerings from the likes of Chen Wei, Cheng Ran, Li Shurui, Miao Ying, Zhang Ding and others.
  • 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.
  • Major touring exhibition The Last Day of Pompeii arrives in Shanghai this summer, bringing with it over 300 artifacts, treasures, and casts from the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's a tragedy we're all familiar with: in 79 CE, Mount Vesuvius, an active volcano east of Naples, Italy, erupted, destroying nearby Pompeii. Millions of tons of searing hot ash rained down on the city, killing thousands of residents but at the same time preserving their homes, possessions and mortal remains. Comprising five sections and two films featuring digital reconstructions of those final fateful moments, this looks very promising indeed. Tickets are available on Gewara and cost 120rmb per person. Monday 2pm-6.30pm; Tues-Sun 10.30am-8.30pm.
  • 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 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 16 2016
    Art Labor celebrates summer with a group paintings show featuring works by six mid-career artists. They are Jayson Atienza, Howie Tsui, Marc Standing, Zhou Fan, Shang Chengxiang, Wang Qing and gallery newcomer, Zhou Jinhua. Covering a range of genres and styles between them - from Tsui's scroll paintings featuring monsters and myths, to Shang Chengxiang’s diminutive surrealist works - the...
  • 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 Aug 28 2016
    A group exhibition comprising works by seven women artists, Instant Image features pieces by Lin Jiayue, Li Shurui, Shi Zhiying, Song Jiayin, Wu Di, Yuan Keru, and Zhu Tian. Together, they explore ideas of symbols, their connotations and subjective meanings; as well as the essence of time. The opening for that takes place on Saturday, 2 July from 5-7pm.
  • daily until Aug 30 2016
    Showcasing a range of new and previously exhibited works, In Between Days VI: Group Exhibition by Gallery Artists is an annual summer show of works by artists represented by Art+ Shanghai Gallery. Spanning painting, sculpture, and photography, artists are Seungmo Park, TAMEN, Chen Linggang, Cindy Ng, Shen Hua, Lin Weixiang, Zhang Wen, Ma Yongqiang and Luo Dan.
  • daily until Aug 31 2016
    Group exhibition featuring big, big names in contemporary Chinese art, including Birdhead, Ding Yi, Geng Jianyi, Xu Zhen, Pu Jie, Zhang Ding and more. Works on display span paintings, installations, sculptures, manuscripts, multimedia and more. Differentiating the show from the expected is that all of these works and ideas are unfinished: after their creators' initial burst of inspiration, the...
  • daily until Sep 4 2016
    American artist Chris Salter brings Haptic Field to Chronus Art Center this summer. That sees him work with Italian artist and musician TeZ on a multi-sensory installation that uses wearable technology to create physical experience. Garments were designed by Chinese fashion brand JNBY. This one's pretty special: produced especially for CAC, it covers four boundary-busting areas: art...
  • daily until Oct 9 2016
    Major touring exhibition The Last Day of Pompeii arrives in Shanghai this summer, bringing with it over 300 artifacts, treasures, and casts from the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's a tragedy we're all familiar with: in 79 CE, Mount Vesuvius, an active volcano east of Naples, Italy, erupted, destroying nearby Pompeii. Millions of tons of searing hot ash rained down on the city, killing...
  • daily until Oct 9 2016
    One for fashion lovers, BAGISM at K11 is an exhibition of over 300 handbags dating from 400 years ago to the present day. The show features creations by 15 contemporary artists, including Adrian Wong, Wang Enlai and Jin Shan; as well as no fewer than big name brands - think Chanel, Hermès, Fendi and more. Tickets cost 120rmb on the door, or 100rmb advance. June early bird tickets are priced at...
  • daily until Oct 10 2016
    Tim Burton, director of Batman (1989), Sleep Hollow (1999), Big Fish (2003), and Alice in Wonderland (2010), is also an illustrator and a painter. This exhibit showcases over 500 pieces of his original artwork from his extensive career. Visitors will get the chance to see drawings from his past film work, non-film related creations, and get a taste for his style and sensibilities. Check out
  • daily until Aug 21 2016
    Works by Chinese Australian artist John Young go on show at Bund-side spot Pearl Lam Galleries this summer. Featuring three series -- the exhibition's eponymous Storm Resurrection, Naïve and Sentimental Paintings and Veil -- works incorporate Young's so-called "human-computer friendship" method. That sees him either randomly source pictures online, or else create digital...
  • daily until Sep 4 2016
    Chinese contemporary artist Lu Xinjian’s highly abstract birds-eye views of cities and gardens go on show at Matthew Liu Gallery this summer. Comprising works from his City DNA series (2012), they include stylized, deconstructed versions of ancient China's 'scholars' gardens,' translated here into a unique visual language that is at once familiar, yet also removed from the on-the-ground...
  • daily until Oct 30 2016
    Spanning a range of media and ten centuries of art history, She features works by 105 women artists from China and abroad. The first of the exhibition's four chapters is called 'self-annihilation' and features very early, oftentimes anonymous artworks. 'Self-liberation' tracks women's inroads into society, education and revolution following a process of emancipation beginning in the...
  • 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 until Jul 31 2016
    Belgium artist Jan Lauwers and his theatre group Needcompany brought the durational performance The House of Our Fathers to the museum for the opening of Silent Stories. And over 400 pieces of his, along with Lemm & Barkey, Benoît Gob and Lauders’ OHNO COOPERATION's artworks are displayed there. Fans of surrealism and Renaissance might enjoy it. The ticket is 60rmb on-site or 40rmb if you...
  • daily until Aug 26 2016
    Contemporary group photography exhibition over at OFOTO inside M50 this summer, with offerings from Feng Li, Jin Quan, Su Sheng, Tie Ying, Wang Peng, Wu Jiaying, Wu Xiaojun, Ye Ming, Zhang Dapeng and Zhang Huawei.
  • daily until Aug 28 2016
    Always good for a spot of new media art, OCAT's latest group show features five top talents from the UK and is called The Distant Unknown. Spanning video, photography, sculpture and sound, works contemplate issues and connotations of "distance." Featured artists include Isaac Julien, whose Stones Against Diamonds comprises five enormous screens; Cornelia Parker's 'street...
  • daily until Sep 11 2016
    Chen Shaoxiong’s largest solo to date, Prepared, at Power Station of Art comprises video, installation, photo-montage, and lots and lots of ink. A key figure in 1990s Southern China art group, 'Big Tail Elephants,' he's long been interested in collective action and a “guerrilla” style approach. In this show, those elements become a focus for new and recent works exploring global...
  • daily except Mon & Sun until Oct 31 2016
    Li Shoubai's gallery Shoubai Art teams up with Shanghai Film Institute to present "Lost in Shanghai's Film World", an exhibition of the artist's paper cut works and paintings from the last 10 years. The exhibition is to showcase the "haipai" (Shanghai style) art alongside Chinese cinematographic works and to summon the collective memories of the city's past, evoking nostalgia among those with...
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    Some kind of live art show happening on Friday at M64, across from IAPM on Shaanxi Nan Lu. They say: "Endogenetic force stems from dynamic physiological mechanism. Compared with fission, it seems to be more endogenous and likely to refuse to become an existence that one is opposing. Temptation, confusion, provocation and confrontation in reciprocation will bring more possibilities. The live art...
  • daily until Jul 31 2016
    Group show The Shadow Never Lies features works by 34 international artists spanning photography, video, film, animation, painting, installation and performance. Taking the Chinese word yingxiang - or ‘shadow image’ - as its starting point, works on display explore the the fragile relationship between what we perceive as imaginary, and what as real. Featured artists include Simryn...
  • daily until Aug 10 2016
    Group show The Promise of the Past features works by Beili Ding, Feng Han, Saibang He, Jieyin Wang, Yi Wu, Yang Xia, and Jun Zhou. The exhibition examines how these seven artists reinterpret traditional ink painting across diverse media to varied effect. With that in mind, Saibang He turns to Minimalism with ink and water; Yang Xia's twisted paper strips are glued on to a metal plate...
  • daily until Aug 14 2016
    Rockbund Art Museum's group exhibition, Tell Me a Story: Locality and Narrative sees artists from across Asia share stories from distinct regional cultures. Through the exploration of personal ties between artist and environment, each work reveals a side of Asia often left unseen and unheard. With that in mind, Apichatpong Weerasethakul's video installation Fireworks takes viewers...
  • daily until Sep 4 2016
    A group exhibition featuring 52 Chinese artists and collectives goes on display at Minsheng Art Museum this summer. Ranging from painting, sculpture and installation, through to video, animation and more, together they present a broad overview of how contemporary artists have responded to China's enormous societal shifts since 2000. Expect offerings from the likes of Chen Wei, Cheng Ran, Li...
  • daily until Aug 7 2016
    Latvian artist Zane Mellupe turns her attention to photography in a summertime solo at 1933 Contemporary. In particular, the exhibition examines how energy transforms objects, how nothing ever stays as static as it may appear, and the dynamic struggle between image and language.
  • 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.
  • daily until Aug 31 2016
    Italian multimedia artist and fashion designer Monica Bertini is the latest artist in residence at gallery-in-an-apartment set-up, Shirley's Temple. On show will be Bertini's Gold Sculpture series, interactive components created especially for the Shanghai exhibition, fashion and film, and H*Chairs: an installation of art deco seating upholstered in traditional Chinese qipao.