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Not to Miss: Shanghai Art Week 2020

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Not to Miss: Shanghai Art Week 2020
Josh Sperling, 'Paradise', Image courtesy of Perrotin Shanghai

The Shanghai Art Week returns this November to the bustling city! The streets of Shanghai will be brimming with exhibitions and art fairs, featuring contemporary art and design from all over the globe. Many of these artists have drawn inspiration from the pandemic faced by the world this year, leading to some of their most inspired creations. This November, the art world comes together in an exciting art-filled week with new artworks from painting and sculptures to film and installations. 


Scroll down to view the highlights of the jam-packed art week:

ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair

Image courtesy of ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair

ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair will hold its 8th edition at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre, gathering the top galleries, institutions, and artists from around the world. In light of the Covid-19 this year, ART021 reinforces its commitment to the Chinese contemporary art scene, supporting galleries and artists who are deeply affected by the pandemic.

Where: Shanghai Exhibition Center, No.1000 Middle Yan An Road

When: 12 - 15 November 2020
 

West Bund Art & Design

Image courtesy of West Bund Art & Design

West Bund Art & Design returns with a presentation of the leading galleries from China and around the globe at the West Bund Art Centre. Established in 2014, West Bund provides a platform for international artists, designers, and galleries to showcase their finest works in Shanghai. This fair is one of the key events in the second installation of the Shanghai International Art Trade Month.

Where: West Bund Art Center, 2555 Long Teng Avenue

When: 11 - 15 November 2020

'Forager': Yu Ji, Edouard Malingue Gallery

'Forager', Yu Ji, Image courtesy of Edouard Malingue Gallery

Edouard Malingue Gallery presents an exhibition of Yu Ji’s latest works in 'Forager'. Yu Ji's artistic practice is driven by her exploration of geographical and historical narratives. Her works have been associated closely with field research with a focus on the intervention of specific spaces with the body.

Where: Avenue Apartments, Room 314, No.7, Lane 314, Tongren Road

When: 12 - 15 November 2020
 

'Painting Someone': Almine Rech

Image courtesy of Almine Rech

Almine Rech brings 16 artists together in ‘Painting Someone’. Artists such as Michael Hilsman, Vaughn Spann, and Chloe Wise blur the line between figuration and abstraction, presenting their unique approach to portraiture of the contemporary age.

Where: 27 Huqiu Road, 2nd Floor

When: 6 November - 26 December 2020
 

'The Picture Is Not at Ease': Madein Gallery

Image courtesy of Madein Gallery

'The Picture Is Not at Ease' is a group exhibition of three artists, Chen Ying, Su Yu-Xin, and Wang Ziquan. From painting to film, these artists showcase their latest works across a variety of mediums.

Where: L1-03&04, One Museum Place, 388 Shan Hai Guan Road

When: 7 November - 31 December 2020
 

'Breathing Through Skin': Antenna Space

Image courtesy of Antenna Space

Antenna Space gathers four artists - Yong Xiang Li, Pedro Neves Marques, Mire Lee, and Issy Wood - who highlight their critical invocations of monstrosity in their recent works. In this exhibition, the monster is a constructed motif of horror and an inherent wildness intrinsic of desire. 

Where: Room 202, Bldg 17, No. 50 Moganshan Road

When: 7 November 2021 - 2 January 2021
 

'MAGNET: Fleeting Forces in Forms': Gallery Vacancy

Image courtesy Gallery Vacancy

To celebrate the 3rd anniversary and the relocation of their gallery space, Gallery Vacancy presented ‘MAGNET: Fleeting Forces in Forms’ earlier this month, which features six artists: Keltie Ferris, Gao Ludi, Vivian Greven, Thomas Scheibitz, Shen Han, and Yuichi Yokoyama.This exhibition explores the path of painting in the context of art history; the artists' artworks traverse the boundaries between imagery and materiality, and seek out innovation that is wrapped under the shadow of the digital age.

Where: 5F, No. 660, Sichuan Middle Road

When: 6 November - 26 December 2020
 

'Extro-Science Fiction Notes': Li Wenguang, The Artling Shanghai

Exhibition View, 'Extro-Science Fiction Notes', Image courtesy of The Artling

This exhibition features Li Wenguang's recent artist residency with Studio Gallery and is the first time that the gallery is presenting work from their 'OPEN STUDIO' residency in an exhibition format. ‘OPEN STUDIO’ not only refers to the results of the artist’s residency project, but also echoes the spatial presentation of this exhibition: Li has arranged the scene of his own studio in this exhibition.⁠

Where: 1F, Bldg 31, No. 322, Jiaozhou Road 

When: 15 August - 20 November 2020
 

'Perfect for Her': Sarah Faux, Capsule Shanghai

Image courtesy of Capsule Gallery

This exhibition marks Sarah Faux’s second solo exhibition at Capsule Shanghai. In 'Perfect for her', Sarah delves deeper into her longstanding exploration of corporeal experiences through a feminine gaze through the mediums of cut-out canvas collages and monotype prints. 

Where: 1st Floor, Bldg 16, Anfu Lu 275 Nong

When: 20 October - 20 December 2020
 

'A Slow Remembering of A Long Forgetting': BANK

Image courtesy of BANK

This month, Che Zhe returns with her second solo show at BANK with 'A Slow Remembering of A Long Forgetting'. Using her original medium of photography, Chen Zhe combines research-based practice with direct experience in her exploration of the human condition.

Where: Basement, Bldg 2, Land, 298 Anfu Road

When: 13 November 2020 - 13 January 2021
 

'ONE DAY AT A TIME': Lee Kyoungmi Solo Exhibition, Liang Project

Image courtesy of Liang Project

Korean artist Lee Kyoungmi presents a comprehensive display of the works made over the past two years in 'ONE DAY AT A TIME'. This body of work serves to represent a microcosm of Kyoungmi's life in Germany and the United States, mapping her experiences through her artworks.

Where: 102, Bldg 18, 50 Moganshan Road

When: 7 November - 30 December 2020
 

'Aesch': Ou Ming, Studio Gallery

Image courtesy of Studio Gallery

'Aesch' is Ou Ming's the third solo exhibition at Studio Gallery  Ou's artworks are focused on his exploration of sculpture over the last two years. His practice is inspired by is fascination with water and his desire of becoming a transparent entity that drives the creation of objects. 

Where: 101, #1, Lane41, Xing Guo Road

When: 31 October - 6 December 2020
 

'Future Herbarium': Laurent Grasso Solo Exhibition, Perrotin Shanghai

Image courtesy of Perrotin Shanghai

Renowned French artist Laurent Grasso is one who plays a significant role in the international art scene, with her practice comprising videos, paintings, sculptures, and public installations. He focuses his practice on heterogeneous temporalities, geographies, and paranormal phenomena, materialising what lies behind common perception and spurring a new perspective on history and reality. 

Where: 3F, 27 Hu Qiu Road

When: 10 November 2020 - 16 January 2021
 

'Shen Chen': Shen Chen, Matthew Liu Fine Arts

Image courtesy of Matthew Liu Fine Arts

Shen Chen’s exhibition is presented in a kind of time-lapse with work from the mid-1980s to mid-90s. This solo exhibition provides an introduction and gives us a snapshot of the his transition from the ink paintings on paper to acrylic on canvas, brought on largely by his move to the United States. 

Where: Suite 205-206A, 99 East Beijing Road

When: 7 November 2020 - 30 January 2021
 

'Resort': Shanghai Gallery of Art

Image courtesy of Shanghai Gallery of Art

‘Resort’ showcases the recent work from six artists: Chen Yufan, Gao Weigang, Jiang Zhi, Jin Shan, Li Wenguang, and Shi Zhiying. The title of the exhibition is one of ambiguity, positing multiple conflicting realities: paradise or prison; chosen respite or an unwelcomed choice.

Where: 3rd Floor, 3 Zhong Shan Dong Yi Road

When: 7 November 2020 - 10 January 2021
 

'Paradise': Josh Sperling, Perrotin Shanghai

Image courtesy of Perrotin Shanghai

‘Paradise’ will mark Josh Sperling's sixth show with Perrotin, and his first exhibition in China. The New York-based artists draws on the language of minimalism from the 1960s and 1970s, working primarily with bright canvases. The three-dimensionality of his works blur the lines between painting and sculpture as well as image and object.  

Where: 3F, 27 Hu Qiu Road

When: 10 November 2020 - 16 January 2021
 

'Under the Sign of Saturn': Group Exhibition, ShanghART M50

Image courtesy of ShanghART M50

ShanghART M50 is presents video installations by three female artists from Guangzhou - Qin Jin, Chen Dandizi, and Lin Yuqi - 'Under the Sign of Saturn'. Studying under Qin Jin, Chen Dandizi and Lin Yuqi have developed their own unique style and artistry.

Where: Bldg 16, 50 Moganshan Road

When: 25 October - 13 December 2020
 

'Exposure': Yang Zhenzhong Solo Exhibition, Rén Space

Image courtesy of Rén Space

'Exposure' is Yang Zhenzhong’s first solo exhibition with Rén Space. His works presented comprise his new sculptural installation and video works using the latest robotic carving technologies. 

Where: No. 10, Lane 133 Shang Wen Road

When: 2 November 2020 - 21 February 2021
 

'An Unusual Day': Hsu Che-Yu, Vanguard Gallery

Image courtesy of Vanguard Gallery

In ‘An Unusual Day’, Taipai-based Hsu Che-Yu wanders between reality and fiction to explore film’s potential as a medium. With childhood memories as the basis of his creations, his works integrate the superficial features of distance and absurdity together.

Where: Room 204, Bldg 4A, 50 Moganshan Road

When: 7 November - 31 December 2020
 

'Accountable Nature': Tomokazu Matsuyama, Long Museum

Image courtesy of Long Museum

The Long Museum West Bund presents Tomokazu Matsuyama's first solo show in Shanghai, 'Accountable Nature'. This exhibition showcases his works that capture the status quo of the present-day and culture in an unembeshlished fasion. The title stems from the natural disasters and unexpected events that devastate the functioning of society and the economy. While society adapts to a “new normal” way of living, Matsuyama’s work questions “reality" and what a "reality" is in the first place. 

Where: 3398 Longteng Avenue

When: 12 November 2020 - 24 January 2021
 

'A Room That Can Move': Zhang Enli’s Solo Exhibition, Power Station of Art

Image courtesy of Power Station of Art

‘A Room That Can Move’ is the largest and most comprehensive solo exhibition to date by Chinese artist Zhang Enli. At the Power Station of Art, this retrospective features more than a hundred paintings that span across the various stages of the artist’s 30-year career. Zhang's newly commission immmersive installations will also be showcased in this exhibition.

Where: Power Station of Art, 678 Miaojiang Road, 200011 Shanghai, China

When: 7 November 2020 - 7 March 2021

 

Click here to have a look at our Shanghai City Art Guide for a full list of galleries and museums that you can visit! 



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