Shanghai Art Guide

Mainland China's most glamorous city lagged well behind Beijing during China's contemporary art boom in the 1990s and 2000s. Over the past decade, however, Shanghai has taken the lead, thanks in large part to the arrival of world-class museums from one end of the city to the other along the Huangpu River.

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Each of Shanghai's museums has its own unique architecture adapted from a past life. There's the beautiful Rockbund Art Museum (RAM), for instance, housed in the former Royal Asiatic Society building, which was established in 1932. And then there's the public Power Station of Art, once a working power station (a fact given away by its name and towering chimney) and now home to the Shanghai Biennale.

Following the barges further upstream brings visitors to three museums established by private collectors: Wang Wei and Liu Yiqian's Long Museum, identified by the huge coal hoppers outside; Chinese-Indonesian collector Budi Tek's Yuz Museum, housed in former aircraft hangars and specialising in jaw-dropping kinetic and large-scale pieces; and karaoke magnate Qiao Zhibing's newly established Tank Shanghai, located in repurposed fuel silos.

On the Bund proper, where early-20th-century architecture—including RAM's building—lends some old-world charm, are blue chip galleries such as Lisson Gallery, Perrotin, and Pearl Lam Galleries. The city's other leading commercial galleries, including ShanghART, MadeIn Gallery, AIKE, Edouard Malingue Gallery, and Arario Gallery are now clustered together in the West Bund.

The West Bund is also where mainland China's leading art fair, West Bund Art & Design, takes place each November. ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair and PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai are the city's other big fairs, both of which have helped cultivate an ambitious new generation of Chinese collectors at events that take place in the palatial Shanghai Exhibition Centre.

Among other art spaces worth seeking out are chi K11 art museum, a generously sized contemporary art space beneath art patron Adrian Cheng's K11 shopping mall; OCAT, which specialises in video and new media art in a space on Suzhou Creek; and four local galleries that continue to punch above their weight: M97, Art Labor, BANK Gallery, and am art space, all of which are located in Jing'an.


Current Exhibition | Shanghai
12 May–11 July 2020
Cai Zebin

A Revisit at 2 bis rue Perrel

Capsule Shanghai View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Cai Zebin, A Revisit at 2 bis rue Perrel, Capsule Shanghai (12 May–11 July 2020). Courtesy Capsule Shanghai.
Current Exhibition | Shanghai
10 May–6 June 2020
Max Huckle

[Tell Me] Something About Tomorrow

Leo Gallery View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Max Huckle, [Tell Me] Something About Tomorrow, Leo Gallery, Shanghai (10 May–6 June 2020). Courtesy Leo Gallery.
Current Exhibition | Shanghai
2 May–21 June 2020
aaajiao

Cave Simulator

AIKE View Exhibition
Courtesy AIKE.
Current Exhibition | Shanghai
30 April–30 June 2020
Group Exhibition

Wonderland

Perrotin View Exhibition
Bernard Frize, Imi (2013) (detail). Acrylic and resin on canvas. 170 x 170 cm. ©Bernard Frize / ADAGP, Paris & SACK, 2020. Courtesy the Artist and Perrotin.
Current Exhibition | Shanghai
29 April–13 June 2020
Nisky Yu

NISKY

Galerie Dumonteil View Exhibition
Exhibition view: NISKY, Galerie Dumonteil, Shanghai (29 April–13 June 2020). Courtesy Galerie Dumonteil. Photo: ©Susan Tan.
Current Exhibition | Shanghai
18 April–31 May 2020
CHEN Yihan, Zhu Xiangmin

Reboot

Arario Gallery View Exhibition
Current Exhibition | Shanghai
17 April–6 June 2020
Group Exhibition

Spring

Almine Rech View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Group Exhibition, Spring, Almine Rech, Shanghai (17 April—6 June 2020). Courtesy Almine Rech.
Current Exhibition | Shanghai
12 April–12 June 2020
Group Exhibition

Cache: From B to Z

ShanghART View Exhibition
Current Exhibition | Shanghai
11 January–31 May 2020
Zhu Xiaohe

Noises in Silence

Pearl Lam Galleries View Exhibition
Current Exhibition | Shanghai
8 November 2019–30 August 2020
Group Exhibition

Observations

Centre Pompidou x West Bund Shanghai View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Observations, West Bund x Centre Pompidou, Shanghai (8 November 2019–30 May 2020). Courtesy West Bund x Centre Pompidou.
Current Exhibition | Shanghai
6 November 2019–28 July 2020
Zhang Peili

The Annual Report of OCD 關於強迫症的年度報告

Rén Space View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Zhang Peili, The Annual Report of OCD 關於強迫症的年度報告, Rén Space, Shanghai (6 November 2019–6 May 2020). Courtesy Rén Space.

Current Exhibitions In Shanghai

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Contemporary art exhibition, Cai Zebin, A Revisit at 2 bis rue Perrel at Capsule Shanghai, Shanghai
12 May–11 July 2020 Cai Zebin A Revisit at 2 bis rue Perrel Capsule Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Max Huckle, [Tell Me] Something About Tomorrow at Leo Gallery, Shanghai
10 May–6 June 2020 Max Huckle [Tell Me] Something About Tomorrow Leo Gallery, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, aaajiao, Cave Simulator at AIKE, Shanghai
2 May–21 June 2020 aaajiao Cave Simulator AIKE, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Wonderland at Perrotin, Shanghai
30 April–30 June 2020 Group Exhibition Wonderland Perrotin, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Nisky Yu, NISKY at Galerie Dumonteil, Shanghai
29 April–13 June 2020 Nisky Yu NISKY Galerie Dumonteil, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, CHEN Yihan, Zhu Xiangmin, Reboot at Arario Gallery, Shanghai
18 April–31 May 2020 CHEN Yihan, Zhu Xiangmin Reboot Arario Gallery, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Spring at Almine Rech, Shanghai
17 April–6 June 2020 Group Exhibition Spring Almine Rech, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Cache: From B to Z at ShanghART, Shanghai
12 April–12 June 2020 Group Exhibition Cache: From B to Z ShanghART, Westbund, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Zhu Xiaohe, Noises in Silence at Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai
11 January–31 May 2020 Zhu Xiaohe Noises in Silence Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Observations at Centre Pompidou x West Bund Shanghai, Shanghai
8 November 2019–30 August 2020 Group Exhibition Observations Centre Pompidou x West Bund Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Zhang Peili, The Annual Report of OCD 關於強迫症的年度報告 at Rén Space, Shanghai
6 November 2019–28 July 2020 Zhang Peili The Annual Report of OCD 關於強迫症的年度報告 Rén Space, Shanghai

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Shanghai’s Chronus Art Center Shows Art Coded for Hard Times Ocula Insight Shanghai’s Chronus Art Center Shows Art Coded for Hard Times By Sam Gaskin, Shanghai

Organised by Chronus Art Center and curated by Zhang Ga, We=Link: Ten Easy Pieces presents ten online artworks exploring connectedness at a time when over half the global population is under full or partial lockdown.

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Chinese Art World Begins Tentative Return After COVID-19 Peak Ocula News Chinese Art World Begins Tentative Return After COVID-19 Peak Beijing, 3 April 2020

Art galleries and museums have made careful moves towards resuming normal operations following what is reportedly the worst of the COVID-19 epidemic in China.

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Nile Koetting: Remain Calm Ocula Conversation Nile Koetting: Remain Calm By Penny Liu, Shanghai

American-Japanese artist Nile Koetting discusses his performative exhibition Remain Calm, which choreographed a vision of catastrophe at the Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum Project in Shanghai.

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Art Basel Launches Online Showrooms After Cancelling HK Show Ocula News Art Basel Launches Online Showrooms After Cancelling HK Show Hong Kong, 21 February 2020

With tens of millions in China confined to their homes, galleries and institutions have likewise pivoted to online events.

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Contemporary art exhibition, ART021 2019 at Ocula Private Sales & Advisory, London
7–10 November ART021 2019

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