Feeling like you live in a gargantuan city and you’re missing out on what’s happening in the art scene? We’ve seen quite a few exhibitions worth visiting before they close, so here’s some spots we suggest you take a look at this month or all in one day if you’re feeling ambitious.
Beaugeste Gallery in Tianzifang hosts the “Portrait Nu” exhibition by Chinese photographer Zhang Haier, showcasing a collection of female portraits taken over the past twenty years, taking on gender stereotypes. The display closes on April 9th. Find the gallery program at www.beaugeste-gallery.com.
Beaugeste Gallery: Free admission // Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily // Space 519, Bldg 5, 210 Taikang Lu, near Ruijin Lu, Xuhui district
You can spend more time visiting the galleries in the area, but we suggest heading north, to OCT Contemporary Art Terminal Shanghai. Hipsters can linger more on the alleys, just don’t post too many “art” hash tag photos on Instagram.
“Degeneration” @ OCT, near Qufu Road metro station, brings together works from ten young Chinese artists who combine different media in order to convey the message that they actually don’t belong to their generation. Or do they? The exhibition is on until March 23rd (so hurry!). More info at www.ocat.org.cn.
OCT Contemporary Art Terminal Shanghai: Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday-Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday // 1016 Bei Suzhou Lu, near Wen’an Lu Zhabei district
Finally, you can head to Moganshan Lu, where art galleries stand so close to each other, that you have to stop for a coffee so as not to mix the information.
Start off with Shun Art Gallery now showcasing works from artists George Hayashi, Alvaro Daza, Jeffrey Hessing and Sumi Aiko. The venue hosts “Eroticism” until March 30th and the hours can be found on www.shunartdesign.com.
Head on to OV Gallery, in the heart of M50, for “Crabs and Chocolate” — an exhibition by Li Xiaofei depicting stories of immigrants and their work in factories in New Zealand and Norway. The exhibition is open until March 26th. Read more on www.ovgallery.com.
On your way back from OV Gallery, stop at Vanguard, on the same floor to see the “Feel in the blank” exhibition by Liang Yue (ending on March 9th) or to visit “Warehouse Story” — the first from a series of exhibitions showcasing more of the Gallery’s artists as a celebration of their 10th anniversary. It’s on between March 14 and April 20 in the same space. More details on www.vanguardgallery.com.
Also inside M50, OFOTO Gallery hosts “All things are in silent” – photo exhibition by Tian Ye and “Facebook” – paiting exhition by Cao Xin. Both shows are on until April 11th. Details at www.ofoto-gallery.com.
M50 Art District: Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday // 50 Moganshan Lu, near Xi Suzhou Lu, Putuo district
Visiting contemporary art galleries is also an exercise of patience and spending enough time examining each work is essential, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do this all in one day.
When you are done with the galleries, don’t forget to check out the new paintings on the Moganshan Road graffiti wall, until it’s torn down.
By Andreea Dragut