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April 12, 2017
West Bund Wonder


One of China’s first-ever contempo art hubs has opened its newest location in the West Bund art and museum district along the Huangpu River. Founded in 1996 by Swiss art dealer Lorenz Helbling, ShanghART has been a vital force in Sino modern art for over 20 years, and now boasts offshoots in Beijing (Caochangdi Art District) and Singapore (Gillman Barracks). With more than 50 talented artists on its books, including established and emerging names, the gallery frequents the world’s key art fairs and regularly hosts inspiring exhibitions.

The stunning new purpose-designed space, by local Shanghai practice Archi-Union Architects, is a white, blocky two-floor building inspired by the area’s shipping containers. It’s a neat homage to the quarter’s industrial past, with expansive display space as well as a library, flexible rooms, artists’ archive and a roof terrace. The result is light, minimal and inviting, allowing the mainly Chinese art works to take centrestage, and demonstrating just how far this ambitious gallery player has come.

It’s currently host to art show Sha Sha Sha by Liang Shaoji (a famously reclusive artist who creates large-scale nature-inspired installations, here working with silkworms, sand and sound), as well as Hu Liu’s Dark Wave series of intricate and understated pencil drawings in her debut solo show. Both exhibitions run until 6 May, so get art n’ about!

Until 6 May, 2017.

ShanghART / West Bund / 2555 Longteng Dajie / Xuhui / +86 21 6359 3923 / 11am-6pm Tue-Sun /