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  • This looks interesting: current Swatch Art Peace Hotel resident artist Girolamo Marri is teaming up with collective/ exhibition space Bazaar Compatible for an hour-long performance built on layers of incomprehension, struggles to understand, and life's complexity. Known for injecting a welcome dose of humor into his work, this one sounds to be typically surreal and not a little bizarre... The performance takes place on Saturday, 27 August, 5-6pm, and the resulting installation remains on show everyday at 9am-6pm until Wednesday 31 August.
  • 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.
  • Group show featuring sixteen contemporary Chinese artists who incorporate traditional elements into works that seek to interpret China's rapid development in the modern era. Presented as a dialogue between contemporary and historical practices, as well as the macro and personal world, artists are Ban Lei, Gu Wenda, Pan Xi, Qiu Anxiong, Qiu Zhijie, Sun Liang, Wang Dongling, Wang Lihua, Wu Jianan, Xu Bing, Xu Cong, Xu Min, Xu Min, Yang Yongliang, Yu Hong, Yuan Yuan, and Zheng Chongbin.
  • 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.
  • 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, designed by Japanese starchitect Sou Fujimoto and housed at the museum. Inside, an exhibition will consider Shanghai life 100 years from now and include works by Nigerian artist Otobong Nkanga, as well as a video game devised by management consulting firm, McKinsey. A children's pavilion called Seed Planet pops up in Century Park, and there's also a library project in partnership with bookstore, Jinfeng. Various other museums are getting involved, including Power Station Art as part of their Biennale preparations. Phase II kicks off in April 2017, and for the full lowdown check the website. Depending on what you're looking to visit, various tickets are available. The Envision Pavilion only is 50rmb, and a full package affair will set you back 80rmb.
  • A group exhibition featuring works by seven Chinese artists born in the 1990s lands at Art+ Shanghai this fall. With the internet and capitalism a ubiquitous feature of their daily lives, this up-and-coming generation (known as jiu ling hou) are emerging onto the social and professional platform as the most precocious and highly educated young professionals in China's recent history. That's the starting point for recent Central Academy of Fine Arts graduates Shang Zonglian, Shi Yunyuan, Xie Jingsi, Xu Sijin, Xue Yayuan, Yan Shixuan, and Zheng Qinyu.
  • This all-star group exhibition takes place in Qiao Zhibing's West Bund spot - he's a big Shanghai-based collector, also known for a string of KTVs and nightclubs. With Studio he brings together 12 of China's top contemporary artists: Ding Yi, Jia Aili, Liu Jianhua, Liu Wei, Liu Xiaodong, Mao Yan, Xu Zhen, Yang Fudong, Yan Pei-Ming, Zeng Fanzhi, Zhang Enli, and Zhang Xiaogang. The show features one work by each, as well as documents their respective studios, working conditions, and creative process.
  • Art In The City returns to Shanghai in 2016 with a brand new month-long festival format. Think a mix of visual arts, design, fashion, music and innovation, spread out across venues all around town. The main exhibition is called TAKE ME OUT and is all about creative crossover - specifically wearable tech, and objects that are portable extensions of personal expression. Artists include Liu Bolin, Qiu Zhijie and Michael Wolf. Video art project BLAST! is back, with moving image, animation, cartoons and computer-generated videos screening at K11, MoCA Pavilion, CITIC Pacific Plaza, CREATER SPACE, Le Méridien Shanghai Hu Club and THE-MIX-PLACE. A new sound art element, BLAST! Sounds 2016 features music spanning acoustic, electronic, experimental, noise, pop, rock, found and environmental. All of that's being judged by an all-star jury spanning curators, artists, writers, and filmmakers. Finally, an Art in the City Bus and City Art Tour will be showing festival goers top spots for art and design in and around Shanghai. For the full lowdown, check the website.
  • Jiang Piangyi is a big deal in the world of Chinese contemporary art. This fall, he's showing new photography series Grace at M50 mainstay, ShanghART. The artist has shown at the gallery before - notably those incredible firefly photos back in 2014. Here he's sticking with the natural-meets-experimental theme by way of large-scale gelatin silver photographs and antique developing technologies. The series charts changes in landscapes around the Arctic Circle and various countries in the Southern Hemisphere over a period of three years. Shown alongside is Trace which incorporates darkroom experiments in Polaroid. Grandly opens Friday, 9 September, 4-7pm
  • Photo Shanghai may have rebranded to PHOTOFAIRS|Shanghai but it's still poised to be the city's top art fair for photography spanning vintage to contemporary. Featuring 50 galleries from 15 countries, highlights include the newly launched Insights section: a curated exhibition of museum-quality works set to tour all PHOTOFAIRS destinations. The main galleries section includes a slew of Shanghai stalwarts including BANK who'll be presenting Robert Mapplethorpe and Daido Moriyama, plus Hong Kong's excellent Blindspot Gallery with Martin Parr, Nadav Kander and Zhang Xiao. A section called Connected is overseen by curator Feng Boyi and celebrates artists working within the realm of moving-image in China. LEAP Mag also have a show at the fair: Imaged Bodies features works by Chen Wei, Tao Hui, Miao Ying and more. There's a slew of talks - schedule here - and tickets cost 100rmb for public days, or at a discounted 80rmb each if you're buying two or more (purchase online before 7 September). Note: 9 September is private preview day - without an invite, that's a pricey 400rmb a pop.
  • An exhibition of photographs by Beijing-born Luo Yongjin is on display at OFOTO gallery this fall. Expect serene, black and white images of nature. For a sneak peek, head to the grand opening on Saturday, 10 August from 4-7pm.
  • Pearl Lam Galleries presents the first ever China-side show of Turkish artist Inci Eviner. Featuring videos, drawings, collages and paintings; video installations are a particular strength. Known for works exploring continuity and repetition of strange and unsettling movements - be they caressing, punching, or undressing - they're performed by men, women, genderless humans, and even hybrid human-animals. In this way, she challenges and contests notions of gender, and by extension, social order. She's also interested in shining a light on vulnerable and underrepresented groups — teenage girls, migrants, and refugees, for example. Running throughout are issues of civil movements and social conditions in Turkey, and the flux of the Turkish identity since the 1980s. Grandly opens Saturday, 10 September from 5pm.
  • Magda Danysz Gallery presents a group show of two artists this fall: Li Hongbo and Shi Ningfang. Li's known for his classical-looking sculptural busts that, on closer examination, are made of layer upon layer of paper to fold out, concertina-like. They're pretty clever, and super intricate. He'll be sharing the space with Jilin-born Shi Ningfang, whose work focuses on the link between traditional Chinese and contemporary art, paradoxes and distortions. Like Li Hongbo, she plays on assumptions of materials - in this show, a bronze bell becomes squidgy and soft, for example. The show opens on Saturday, September 10, 4-7pm.
  • Photo Shanghai may have rebranded to PHOTOFAIRS|Shanghai but it's still poised to be the city's top art fair for photography spanning vintage to contemporary. Featuring 50 galleries from 15 countries, highlights include the newly launched Insights section: a curated exhibition of museum-quality works set to tour all PHOTOFAIRS destinations. The main galleries section includes a slew of Shanghai stalwarts including BANK who'll be presenting Robert Mapplethorpe and Daido Moriyama, plus Hong Kong's excellent Blindspot Gallery with Martin Parr, Nadav Kander and Zhang Xiao. A section called Connected is overseen by curator Feng Boyi and celebrates artists working within the realm of moving-image in China. LEAP Mag also have a show at the fair: Imaged Bodies features works by Chen Wei, Tao Hui, Miao Ying and more. There's a slew of talks - schedule here - and tickets cost 100rmb for public days, or at a discounted 80rmb each if you're buying two or more (purchase online before 7 September). Note: 9 September is private preview day - without an invite, that's a pricey 400rmb a pop.
  • Photo Shanghai may have rebranded to PHOTOFAIRS|Shanghai but it's still poised to be the city's top art fair for photography spanning vintage to contemporary. Featuring 50 galleries from 15 countries, highlights include the newly launched Insights section: a curated exhibition of museum-quality works set to tour all PHOTOFAIRS destinations. The main galleries section includes a slew of Shanghai stalwarts including BANK who'll be presenting Robert Mapplethorpe and Daido Moriyama, plus Hong Kong's excellent Blindspot Gallery with Martin Parr, Nadav Kander and Zhang Xiao. A section called Connected is overseen by curator Feng Boyi and celebrates artists working within the realm of moving-image in China. LEAP Mag also have a show at the fair: Imaged Bodies features works by Chen Wei, Tao Hui, Miao Ying and more. There's a slew of talks - schedule here - and tickets cost 100rmb for public days, or at a discounted 80rmb each if you're buying two or more (purchase online before 7 September). Note: 9 September is private preview day - without an invite, that's a pricey 400rmb a pop.
  • Pearl Lam Galleries presents the first ever China-side show of Turkish artist Inci Eviner. Featuring videos, drawings, collages and paintings; video installations are a particular strength. Known for works exploring continuity and repetition of strange and unsettling movements - be they caressing, punching, or undressing - they're performed by men, women, genderless humans, and even hybrid human-animals. In this way, she challenges and contests notions of gender, and by extension, social order. She's also interested in shining a light on vulnerable and underrepresented groups — teenage girls, migrants, and refugees, for example. Running throughout are issues of civil movements and social conditions in Turkey, and the flux of the Turkish identity since the 1980s. Grandly opens Saturday, 10 September from 5pm.
  • 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.
  • Art In The City returns to Shanghai in 2016 with a brand new month-long festival format. Think a mix of visual arts, design, fashion, music and innovation, spread out across venues all around town. The main exhibition is called TAKE ME OUT and is all about creative crossover - specifically wearable tech, and objects that are portable extensions of personal expression. Artists include Liu Bolin, Qiu Zhijie and Michael Wolf. Video art project BLAST! is back, with moving image, animation, cartoons and computer-generated videos screening at K11, MoCA Pavilion, CITIC Pacific Plaza, CREATER SPACE, Le Méridien Shanghai Hu Club and THE-MIX-PLACE. A new sound art element, BLAST! Sounds 2016 features music spanning acoustic, electronic, experimental, noise, pop, rock, found and environmental. All of that's being judged by an all-star jury spanning curators, artists, writers, and filmmakers. Finally, an Art in the City Bus and City Art Tour will be showing festival goers top spots for art and design in and around Shanghai. For the full lowdown, check the website.
  • 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.
  • A group exhibition featuring works by seven Chinese artists born in the 1990s lands at Art+ Shanghai this fall. With the internet and capitalism a ubiquitous feature of their daily lives, this up-and-coming generation (known as jiu ling hou) are emerging onto the social and professional platform as the most precocious and highly educated young professionals in China's recent history. That's the starting point for recent Central Academy of Fine Arts graduates Shang Zonglian, Shi Yunyuan, Xie Jingsi, Xu Sijin, Xue Yayuan, Yan Shixuan, and Zheng Qinyu.
  • Jiang Piangyi is a big deal in the world of Chinese contemporary art. This fall, he's showing new photography series Grace at M50 mainstay, ShanghART. The artist has shown at the gallery before - notably those incredible firefly photos back in 2014. Here he's sticking with the natural-meets-experimental theme by way of large-scale gelatin silver photographs and antique developing technologies. The series charts changes in landscapes around the Arctic Circle and various countries in the Southern Hemisphere over a period of three years. Shown alongside is Trace which incorporates darkroom experiments in Polaroid. Grandly opens Friday, 9 September, 4-7pm
  • Magda Danysz Gallery presents a group show of two artists this fall: Li Hongbo and Shi Ningfang. Li's known for his classical-looking sculptural busts that, on closer examination, are made of layer upon layer of paper to fold out, concertina-like. They're pretty clever, and super intricate. He'll be sharing the space with Jilin-born Shi Ningfang, whose work focuses on the link between traditional Chinese and contemporary art, paradoxes and distortions. Like Li Hongbo, she plays on assumptions of materials - in this show, a bronze bell becomes squidgy and soft, for example. The show opens on Saturday, September 10, 4-7pm.
  • 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.
  • A collaboration between Guo Xi and Zhang Jianling, this is the latest chapter in ongoing work Grand Voyage, realized last year on an 86-day long cruise. The duo's route was inspired by various historical cultural figures, including Dutch conceptual artist Bas Jan Ader who disappeared at sea in 1975, as well as poet Arthur Craven, last seen in Mexico in 1918. Built on memory, literature, and sensory experience, the latest installment of The Grand Voyage is called A Man Upside Down and is just that: a topsy-turvy vertical world presented through multi-channel videos and mechanical installations.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 and photography lovers, BAGISM at K11 is an exhibition of over 300 handbags dating from 400 years ago to the present day. Read more about it in our feature article. 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,...
  • daily until Nov 20 2016
    A collaboration between Guo Xi and Zhang Jianling, this is the latest chapter in ongoing work Grand Voyage, realized last year on an 86-day long cruise. The duo's route was inspired by various historical cultural figures, including Dutch conceptual artist Bas Jan Ader who disappeared at sea in 1975, as well as poet Arthur Craven, last seen in Mexico in 1918. Built on memory, literature,...
  • daily until Oct 10 2016
    Tim Burton, director of Batman (1989), Sleepy 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 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 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 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 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...
  • 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 Sep 8 2016
    A group exhibition featuring Canadian Quebecois artist Stéfanie Vallée , Chinese artists LV Zhe and Changlong’s artworks. Three artists express their global or local view as well as their artistic impression of China’s main cities where they live from different aspects.
  • 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.