The PSA is an impressive but cumbersome space, a huge building likened by curator Qui Zhijie to London’s Tate Modern. The PSA may have similar hardware to that legendary institution but it doesn’t have the software — the staffing, budgets, etc — to match.... Read more
Since its inaugural exhibition, “Peasant Da Vincis”, in 2010, RAM has been on some next-level shit. Nowhere else in the city has such a strong events program or such consistent, well produced shows. RAM has held major solos for some of China’s most celebrated... Read more
Tucked away down a quiet nongtang lane, Leo Xu Projects exhibits the work of young Chinese and international artists. Established in 2011, the three-storey space is led by Shanghai-based writer, photographer and curator, Leo Xu, whose shows buzzed artists such as... Read more
Just north of Suzhou Creek, OCAT launched with an impressive Yang Fudong solo show in 2012 and has maintained the same high production standards ever since. The art center, which is well-funded by a real estate group, focuses on new media work. To this end, it helped... Read more
Mall or no mall, the chi K11 Art Center is an excellent institution. It’s only been around since summer 2013, but K11 has showed some fine and surprising shit, including an animated drummer Feng Mengbo created using a 1982 vector drawing console with a built-in... Read more
M97 is a solid spot for photography. Works include foreigners documenting China, such as Michael Wolf and Nadav Kander, Chinese photographers shooting remote places using traditional techniques, such as Luo Dan and Lu Yanpeng, and more experimental artists like Wang... Read more
Art Labor has perhaps the most distinctive viewpoint of any gallery in the city. Vancouverite Martin Kemble is often ahead of the curve, helping kickstart the careers of talents such as ink brush painter Ying Yefu and mad scientist Lu Yang. He has also brought... Read more
Don't be deterred by the baffling entrance. M97 is possibly the top photography gallery in Shanghai. Located on the second floor of 97 Moganshan Lu is 200 sqm of main exhibition space and three smaller viewing rooms. M97 displays works by contemporary Chinese... Read more
ShanghART is the city’s leading gallery both by reputation and chronology. Director Lorenz Helbling got in first, selling work in Shanghai since 1996, and has helped build the careers of many of the city’s best artists. This is the place to see Zhou Tiehai, Ding Yi,... Read more
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