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  • 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 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 Oct 9 2016
    Young Shanghai-based artist Hu Yun is the subject of Aike Dellarco's fall exhibition: Narration Sickness. Hu's practice spans drawing, performance, video, and installation. He's interested in how individuals position themselves within the course of history, constructing the links that investigate the coexistence of past and present, individual and public.
  • daily until Oct 10 2016
    New art space REFORMERart kicks off its program of new media showcases with Shanghai-based digital artist, aaajiao. Called , it’s a digital landscape of banners depicting the wire frames of mainstream Chinese news portals from 1999 to 2016. The opening takes place 3pm on Saturday, 10 September.
  • daily until Oct 12 2016
    Art Labor kicks off its fall program with group exhibition, Lost Opportunities, featuring new and recent works by nine international talents including Per Adolfsen, Douglas Coupland, Eric Leleu, Li Wenguang, Lu Xinjian, Ying Yefu, and others. Head to the gallery Saturday, 3 September, 6pm-9pm for libations and opening celebrations.
  • daily until Oct 21 2016
    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.
  • daily until Oct 21 2016
    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...
  • daily until Oct 23 2016
    MadeIn Gallery launches its brand new West Bund space with group exhibition, Information Sculpture Superhighway. Spanning a range of mediums, the show turns an eye to "social sculpture", or how everyone has the potential to reshape the future of society through art. With a particular focus on young artists, here they include Ding Li, Feng Mengbo, He An, Liu Chengrui, Lu Pingyuan, Miao...
  • daily until Oct 29 2016
    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...
  • daily until Oct 31 2016
    Matthew Liu Fine Arts hosts Capri based Italian artist Olivo Barbieri this autumn. Called Alps - Geographies and People it showcases the influential photographer's signature technique of capturing macro landscape as 'miniatures.' Comprising new and recent works, the exhibition shows the mountain range from the perspective of climbers, including the peak's mirages and majesty. Grandly...
  • daily until Oct 31 2016
    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...
  • 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 Nov 20 2016
    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...
  • 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 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 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 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 Nov 12 2016
    An exhibition of mixed media works by Michael Wolf, Informal Solutions features 20 years of the artist's ongoing series exploring Hong Kong alleys and the daily interventions and ad-hoc solutions they house. Think disparate objects and assemblages, all cobbled together in the name of city living midst rapid urbanization. Grandly opens Saturday, 10 September 6-8pm.
  • daily until Oct 9 2016
    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...
  • daily until Oct 9 2016
    "Split: to divide, to separate, to fissure. Society struggles to find its identity. People are being displaced while human compassion slowly disappears." Following his previous series ‘Man, Forgotten’ shown at the 56th Venice Biennale, Alec Von Bargen presents the exhibition Split: "a photographic-installation a soul-searching confession of an identity split."
  • daily until Oct 23 2016
    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...
  • 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 Nov 1 2016
    Renowned French fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier and his son Victor Demarchelier hold a joint exhibit at the high-end fashion store 10 Corso Como. "Patrick Demarchelier celebrate the top models’ beauty without suffocating their appearance in a construction of artificiality. While fashion photography usually works towards excesses to create distinction, he is leaving space for a certain...
  • 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 Oct 23 2016
    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....
  • daily until Oct 23 2016
    Liu Ren's second solo at Don Gallery takes its name from a work by Tang dynasty poet Zhang Ruoxu, (660-720AD). A series of new paintings and installations see the Shanghai artist take inspiration from the poem, specifically with regards to reflections on time, and the human condition. The artist creates 'canvases' of layered paper -- generally found pages from magazine or newspaper -- to create...
  • 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 Nov 27 2016
    SCoP turns a lens to pictorial ways of representing, structuring and symbolizing nature. Featuring rare works by 20th century American photographer Harry Callahan (1912-99), alongside will be contemporary photographic artists from China including Lin Ran, Ni Youyu, Luo Yongjin, Shi Guowei, Shen Xuezhe and Wu Shankun. The exhibition looks at our romantic love of the natural world, the nostalgia...
  • daily until Oct 11 2016
    ArtCN Gallery hosts "Cut & Un-Cut" a dual exhibition featuring Ross Lewis and Cécile Girard in conversation through their newest works on paper. Both artists driven by their passion for Chinese Culture have studied Chinese traditional painting at different periods of time, in China and in their home countries as well. When looking at their distinctive artwork, one may remember Francois Cheng...
  • daily until Oct 28 2016
    Indonesian artist Eko Nugroho works across a range of media including embroidery, sculpture, works on paper, and mural painting. Like other Indonesian artists of his generation, he captures the tumultuous social-economic period of the country's modern history since independence: positive, energetic and young in spirit, that zeitgeist is evidenced in his witty and uplifting works. Incorporating...
  • daily until Nov 12 2016
    Top-notch photography gallery m97 showcases vintage snaps from the '50s and '60s by renowned Hong Kong photographer Fan Ho. With light and drama as his hallmarks, from the age of just 18 Fan Ho took to documenting daily life in the city. These resulting images offer fascinating insights into another era: erring to the overlooked and forgotten, they're evocative of a time gone by. Born in...
  • daily until Oct 13 2016
    Inspired by European fairy tales, artist Yan Xiaoqian’s latest solo exhibition merges European fairy tales with Chinese classical poems by quoting the classic fairy tales to represent the similar plots and circumstances from Chinese classical poems in a very strong sense of oriental pictures. The overall tones of her artworks convey oriental poetry and vivid, however the atmosphere of...