SHContemporary 09: The Asia Pacific Contemporary Art Fair at Shanghai Exhibition Center
Our third year of crashing the best art parties for Shanghai’s ShContemporary art fair is approaching, and we can barely contain our excitement. If you are going to any art event this year in Shanghai, this is the one not to miss: ShContemporary is only open to the public for TWO days from September 12-13, and it’s Asia’s most dynamic and international annual contemporary art fair.
Last year’s ShContemporary attracted over 15,000 collectors, artists, curators and art enthusiasts, with over 140 international galleries participating from nearly 30 countries. Many of the art lectures and events are VIP and invitation only, but you can usually get away with walking in invitation-less with a friendly smile (this method is not 100 percent fool-proof, but it has worked on occasion).
SHContemporary is divided in three parts, showcasing galleries, established artists, and up-and-comers within the art world.
The main section of ShContemporary, Best of Galleries, will present invited galleries from around the world, selected by the Artistic Committee on the basis of projects and special presentations. The best galleries from the entire Asian region, exhibiting along a carefully selected group of galleries from Europe and the Americas, will show the most interesting contemporary talent, with a special focus on Asian contemporary art.
Discovering Contemporary is a curated exhibition to showcase works by some of the most significant artists who came to international attention during these past two decades as well as some of the most promising emerging art in a spectacular 2000 m2 arched hall; and a forum of international experts to address, through a series of public lecturers and round tables, the urgent question being currently discussed throughout the centers of international art world: What is Contemporary Art?
Platform gives galleries representing emerging artists the opportunity for exposure. Each booth will showcase a maximum of two artists presenting work produced in the last two years, introducing a fresh new generation of artists in the Asia Pacific region and beyond.
ShContemporary’s website lists most of the information you need to know:
- Complete list of participating galleries from around the world.
- Timetable and synopsis of ShContemporary lectures from Sept 10-13.
- ShContemporary VIP Program, including parties and who to contact for an invitation.
To put it bluntly, if you want to see the biggest, best exhibition of modern art on this side of the world, make sure to head down to Shanghai Exhibition Center on Saturday 12th or Sunday 13, September between 11am and 6pm. This you don’t want to miss!
Address: Shanghai Exhibition Centre, 1000 Yan An Road (Middle)
Tickets for public days can be purchased at the door for 50 RMB at Gate 3 (Yan An Road) and Gate 6 (Nan Jing Road) at Shanghai Exhibition Center:
Public days (with ticket): Sat 12 & Sunday 13 Sept, 11am to 6pm
Preview (by invitation): Wed, Sept 9, 5pm to 7pm
Vernissage (by invitation): Wed, Sept 9, 7pm to 10pm
VIP days (by invitation): Thurs Sept 10 and Fri 11, 11am to 6pm
Image from tokyoartbeat.com.