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Shanghai Exhibitions

Explore current and upcoming exhibitions across Shanghai's best galleries, institutions, and non-profit art spaces.

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Experience Shanghai, China's vibrant array of art exhibitions in the city's numerous galleries and museums. Boasting a rich cultural heritage and thriving creative community, Shanghai is the perfect place to explore presentations from China's established artists and up-and-coming talent.

Shanghai, China, is home to several distinct art districts, including Moganshan Road Art District and Tianzifang. These neighbourhoods are cultural hubs of Shanghai, housing communities of artist studios, galleries and shops displaying works from local artists. Situated along the banks of the Huangpu River, 'The Bund' is a newly redeveloped area in the Xuhui district, featuring a cluster of contemporary art galleries, exhibition spaces, performance facilities and museums, including the Long Museum, Yuz Museum and the West Bund Art Center. Other notable galleries in Shanghai include Arario Gallery, Almine Rech and Perrotin.

With so many museums and art spaces in Shanghai, art enthusiasts can find a wide variety of displays showcasing work from Chinese and international artists. Explore current and upcoming exhibitions across Shanghai's best galleries, institutions and non-profit art spaces.

Best Exhibitions to See in Shanghai

We have listed a variety of art exhibitions on display in Shanghai, China, allowing visitors to find a presentation that sparks their interest. Each listing includes an artist profile, exhibition details and information for news publications. We continually update our listings with new exhibits, ensuring individuals can stay up-to-date with what's currently on display in Shanghai.

Although a wide variety of exhibitions are on show throughout the year, Shanghai has several art festivals which bring visitors from around China and beyond. Each November, the global art community gravitates toward the city to partake in ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair, which has brought together major international galleries and local institutions at the Shanghai Exhibition Center since 2013. Founded by collectors Kylie Ying, Bao Yifeng and David Chau, the fair is a constituent member of the Shanghai International Arts Festival.

West Bund Art & Design was founded the following year, in 2014. This event, which celebrates contemporary art, design and creative expression, is held each November in Shanghai. Attracting a host of museums and galleries to settle near West Bund Art Center, west of the Huangpu River, the fair has cemented the region's status as Shanghai's official commercial art district.

Bringing Together the Leading Art in Shanghai

Whatever art style piques one's interest, Shanghai, China, has an exhibit to suit all tastes.

For example, in 2023 Jens Fänge's presentation of paintings were on display at Perrotin in Shanghai, China. The artist combines portraits, still lifes, landscapes, and geometric abstractions to create paintings within paintings in an eclectic style. Almine Rech, another of the leading contemporary art galleries in Shanghai, China showed the work of New York-based painter and sculptor Erik Lindman, whose abstract style draws inspiration from the Russian icon tradition.

While Perrotin also showed Mexican artist Gabriel Rico's presentation to see how he combines natural and manufactured mediums to create a thought-provoking juxtaposition of materials. Rico's work features ceramics, wood, and taxidermy, inspiring viewers to reflect on their relationship with the natural environment.

Follow Advisory Picks, Perspectives, and Selections for leading art galleries, institutions, exhibitions and events in Shanghai. Visit our website to view the details of each artist's exhibition showing in Shanghai, China, by date and location. JoinMy Ocula to follow artists and galleries, save artworks to your favourites, and be informed when new exhibitions and features are published.

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