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Six Art Exhibitions to See This November

Get culture at these Shanghai art exhibitions


Shanghai is never short of exhibitions, and here are a few new art shows to satiate the inner art critic in you. Plan ahead and stop in at these galleries. Learn more about Chinese men’s sense of style and grace at Don Gallery or check out rice paper artist Qiu Deshu over at Pearl Lam Galleries. 


Qiu Deshu Exhibition at Pearl Lam Galleries

Qiu Deshu Exhibition at Pearl Lam Galleries 

Qiu Deshu’s solo show will showcase his "Xuan" paper making skills. Deshu begun making art as a child in response to restrictions on art and expression during the cultural revolution. Placing importance on independent thinking and cultivating a distinct style, he began experimenting with rice paper and paint as a vehicle for his message. In addition to rice or “Xuan” paper, other traditional art elements such as ink, silk and Chinese pigments are included in his art work.  

Where: Pearl Lam Galleries, 181 Jiangxi Zhong Lu (near Fuzhou Lu) 江西中路181号 (近福州路) 

When: Tuesday, November 7-Tuesday, December 26


Shanghai dandy at Don Gallery.


Shanghai Dandy at Don Gallery 

The word dandy emerged in the late 18th century and describes a man who historically places great value on style and personal appearance. Don Gallery attempts to trace, remodel and hack up the creative idea by illuminating the image of the Shanghai dandy. By constructing a trans-cultural landscape out of autobiographical understanding, the dandy is able to engage the boundaries of the world by using the self as a vehicle. 

Where: Don Gallery, No. 302, 2879 Longtech Dadao (near Fenggu Lu) 龙腾大道2879号302室 (丰谷路) 

When: Friday, November 10-Friday, January 5


Chen Zhe at Bank Gallery

Chen Zhe Exhibition at Bank Gallery

Chen Zhe’s first solo show at BANK, Flown Away Is the Gold of Days is a show that attempts to materialize her long fascination with the complex and transient experiences of “dusk” through many different forms. Explore dusk through photography, video, installation, objects, and texts. For over five years the artist studied literature and visual work throughout history and across cultures that evidenced the magical power and effect dunk has on the human psyche.

Where: Bank Gallery, Bldg. 2, 298 Anfu Lu (near Wukang Lu) 安福路298弄2号楼 (近武康路) 

When: Through Thursday, November 16


Shanghai Galaxy II Yuz Museum art show.

Shanghai Galaxy II at Yuz Museum 

This group exhibition is a follow-up of sorts to the 2015 show “Myth / History II: Shanghai Galaxy. This newest incarnation showcases 50 works by 22 artists and explores the development of Shanghai’s contemporary art scene alongside the cities continued and rapid development. 

Where: Yuz Museum, 35 Fenggu Lu (near Longteng Dadao) 丰谷路35号 (近龙腾大道)

When: Friday, November 10-Friday- Sunday, February 11


Hugo Boss Asia Awards at Rockbund Art gallery

Hugo Boss Asia Art Award for Emerging Asian Artists Rockbund Art Gallery 

Back for a third year in a row, the Hugo Boss Asia Art Award for Emerging Asian Artists honors the work of emerging contemporary artists in the early stages of their careers. The four finalists will present artwork in the mediums of video, sculpture, installation, and performance. With viewpoints informed by historical references, travel, spirituality, and broader life experiences, these artists breath fresh life into China’s changing art scene.  

Where: Rockbund Art Gallery, 20 Huqiu Lu (near Beijing Dong Lu) 虎丘路20号 (近北京东路)

When: Through Sunday, February 11


little narratives group show at art+shanghai gallery.

Little Narratives Group Exhibition at Art+Shanghai Gallery 

Art+ Shanghai Gallery kicks off the second edition of “I Will Be Your Eyes” a group exhibition series by CAFA graduate students. This edition of the show will feature six emerging artists, spanning a vast array of media. Expect oil on canvas, wood sculpture, porcelain, photography, and installation.

Where:  Art+Shanghai Gallery, 191 Suzhou Nan Lu (near Sichuan Zhong Lu) 南苏州路191号 (近四川中路)

When: Through Saturday, December 30 

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