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
11 July–29 August 2020
Wensen Qi
Galerie Dumonteil View Exhibition
Wensen QI
Current Exhibition | Shanghai
3 July–22 August 2020
Mark Ryden

Anima Animals

Perrotin View Exhibition
Mark Ryden, God Yak (#138) (2019) (detail). Oil on canvas and hand-carved wood frame. 137.2 x 127 x 6.7 cm. Courtesy the Artist, Perrotin and Kasmin.
Anima Animals
Current Exhibition | Shanghai
19 June–8 August 2020
Todd Bienvenu

Halcyon Days

Almine Rech View Exhibition
Todd Bienvenu, Crowd Surfing (2020) (detail). Oil on canvas. 94 x 106.7 cm. © Todd Bienvenu. Courtesy the Artist and Almine Rech. Photo: Dan Bradica.
Halcyon Days
Current Exhibition | Shanghai
14 June–26 July 2020
Group Exhibition

Critical Configuration

Leo Gallery View Exhibition
Fu Jiani, Spore (2018)(detail). Oil on canvas. 120 x 150 cm. Courtesy Leo Gallery. 
Critical Configuration
Current Exhibition | Shanghai
30 May–26 July 2020
Koshimizu Susumu, Haraguchi Noriyuki

PolyChord

Asia Art Center View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Koshimizu Susumu, Haraguchi Noriyuki, PolyChord, Asia Art Center, Shanghai (30 May–26 July 2020). Courtesy Asia Art Center.
PolyChord
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.
Observations
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.
The Annual Report of OCD 關於強迫症的年度報告

Current Exhibitions In Shanghai

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Contemporary art exhibition, Wensen Qi, Wensen QI at Galerie Dumonteil, Shanghai
11 July–29 August 2020 Wensen Qi Galerie DumonteilShanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Mark Ryden, Anima Animals at Perrotin, Shanghai
3 July–22 August 2020 Mark Ryden Anima Animals PerrotinShanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Todd Bienvenu, Halcyon Days at Almine Rech, Shanghai
19 June–8 August 2020 Todd Bienvenu Halcyon Days Almine RechShanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Critical Configuration at Leo Gallery, Shanghai
14 June–26 July 2020 Group Exhibition Critical Configuration Leo GalleryShanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Koshimizu Susumu, Haraguchi Noriyuki, PolyChord at Asia Art Center, Shanghai
30 May–26 July 2020 Koshimizu Susumu, Haraguchi Noriyuki PolyChord Asia Art CenterShanghai
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 ShanghaiShanghai
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 SpaceShanghai

Ocula Member Galleries In Shanghai

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AIKE contemporary art gallery in Shanghai, China AIKE Shanghai
Almine Rech contemporary art gallery in Shanghai, China Almine Rech Brussels, London, New York, Paris, Shanghai
Arario Gallery contemporary art gallery in Shanghai, China Arario Gallery Cheonan, Seoul, Shanghai
Asia Art Center contemporary art gallery in Shanghai, China Asia Art Center Taipei, Beijing, Shanghai
Capsule Shanghai contemporary art gallery in Shanghai, China Capsule Shanghai Shanghai
Galerie Dumonteil contemporary art gallery in Shanghai, China Galerie Dumonteil Shanghai, Paris
Leo Gallery contemporary art gallery in Shanghai, China Leo Gallery Shanghai, Hong Kong
Lisson Gallery contemporary art gallery in Shanghai, China Lisson Gallery London, New York, Shanghai
Pearl Lam Galleries contemporary art gallery in Shanghai, China Pearl Lam Galleries Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai
Perrotin contemporary art gallery in Shanghai, China Perrotin Hong Kong, New York, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo
Rén Space contemporary art gallery in Shanghai, China Rén Space Shanghai
ShanghART contemporary art gallery in M50, Shanghai, China ShanghART Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore
ShanghART contemporary art gallery in Westbund, Shanghai, China ShanghART Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore

Contemporary Institutions In Shanghai

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Shanghai In Ocula Magazine

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Shanghai Biennale Proposes ‘Wet-togetherness’ for Post-COVID Show Ocula News Shanghai Biennale Proposes ‘Wet-togetherness’ for Post-COVID Show Shanghai, 5 June 2020

More time will be spent collaborating with existing online and offline communities than exhibiting works at the Power Station of Art.

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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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Recent Events In Shanghai

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

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