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 September–24 October 2020
Shirazeh Houshiary

As Time Stood Still

Lisson Gallery, Shanghai View Exhibition
Courtesy Lisson Gallery.
As Time Stood Still
Current Exhibition | Shanghai
11 September–10 October 2020
Hugo Deverchère

The Far Side

Galerie Dumonteil, Shanghai View Exhibition
Hugo Deverchère, The Far Side (2019) (detail). Cyanotype print on Bergger COT 320 paper mounted on aluminium, white wood frame. Each: 164 x 104 cm. Courtesy Galerie Dumonteil.
The Far Side
Current Exhibition | Shanghai
11 September–24 October 2020
Group Exhibition

Metaphorical Reality

Almine Rech, Shanghai View Exhibition
Cai Zebin, Fictional Image - Painter and Muse (2020) (detail). Courtesy Almine Rech.
Metaphorical Reality
Current Exhibition | Shanghai
11 September–31 October 2020
Matthew Ronay

Sending and Receiving

Perrotin, Shanghai View Exhibition
Matthew Ronay, Sending and Taking (2020) (detail). Basswood, dye, gouache, flocking, plastic, steel. 90.8 × 185.4 × 39.4 cm. Courtesy the artist and Perrotin.
Sending and Receiving
Current Exhibition | Shanghai
5 September–18 October 2020
Zhu Jia

Recent Paintings

ShanghART, Westbund, Shanghai View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Zhu Jia, Recent Paintings, ShanghART, Westbund, Shanghai (5 September–18 October 2020). Courtesy ShanghART, Westbund, Shanghai.
Recent Paintings
Current Exhibition | Shanghai
22 August–17 October 2020
Group Exhibition

There May Be No Pearls in this Shell

Leo Gallery, Shanghai View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Group Exhibition, There May Be No Pearls in this Shell, Leo Gallery, Shanghai (22 August–17 October 2020). Courtesy Leo Gallery.
There May Be No Pearls in this Shell
Current Exhibition | Shanghai
15 August–30 September 2020
Group Exhibition

Buffering

Rén Space, Shanghai View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Group exhibition, BUFFERING, Rén Space, Shanghai (15 August–30 September 2020). Courtesy Rén Space.
Buffering
Current Exhibition | Shanghai
12 August–26 September 2020
Yan Xinyue

Summer Mist

Capsule Shanghai View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Yan Xinyue, Summer Mist, Capsule Shanghai (August 12–September 26, 2020). Courtesy Capsule Shanghai.
Summer Mist
Current Exhibition | Shanghai
27 July–15 October 2020
Group Exhibition

Metamorphoses

Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Metamorphoses, Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai (27 July–15 October 2020). Courtesy Pearl Lam Galleries
Metamorphoses
Upcoming Exhibition | Shanghai
10 November 2020–16 January 2021
Josh Sperling
Perrotin, Shanghai View Exhibition
Courtesy Perrotin.
Josh Sperling
Upcoming Exhibition | Shanghai
10 November 2020–16 January 2021
Laurent Grasso
Perrotin, Shanghai View Exhibition
Courtesy Perrotin.
Laurent Grasso

Current Exhibitions In Shanghai

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Contemporary art exhibition, Shirazeh Houshiary, As Time Stood Still at Lisson Gallery, Shanghai
12 September–24 October 2020 Shirazeh Houshiary As Time Stood Still Lisson Gallery, ShanghaiShanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Hugo Deverchère, The Far Side at Galerie Dumonteil, Shanghai
11 September–10 October 2020 Hugo Deverchère The Far Side Galerie Dumonteil, ShanghaiShanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Metaphorical Reality at Almine Rech, Shanghai
11 September–24 October 2020 Group Exhibition Metaphorical Reality Almine Rech, ShanghaiShanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Matthew Ronay, Sending and Receiving at Perrotin, Shanghai
11 September–31 October 2020 Matthew Ronay Sending and Receiving Perrotin, ShanghaiShanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Zhu Jia, Recent Paintings at ShanghART, Shanghai
5 September–18 October 2020 Zhu Jia Recent Paintings ShanghART, Westbund, ShanghaiWestbund, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, There May Be No Pearls in this Shell at Leo Gallery, Shanghai
22 August–17 October 2020 Group Exhibition There May Be No Pearls in this Shell Leo Gallery, ShanghaiShanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Buffering at Rén Space, Shanghai
15 August–30 September 2020 Group Exhibition Buffering Rén Space, ShanghaiShanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Yan Xinyue, Summer Mist at Capsule Shanghai, Shanghai
12 August–26 September 2020 Yan Xinyue Summer Mist Capsule ShanghaiShanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Metamorphoses at Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai
27 July–15 October 2020 Group Exhibition Metamorphoses Pearl Lam Galleries, ShanghaiShanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Josh Sperling, Josh Sperling at Perrotin, Shanghai
10 November 2020–16 January 2021 Josh Sperling Perrotin, ShanghaiShanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Laurent Grasso, Laurent Grasso at Perrotin, Shanghai
10 November 2020–16 January 2021 Laurent Grasso Perrotin, ShanghaiShanghai

Ocula Member Galleries In Shanghai

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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 East Hampton, 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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