Shanghai At Art's Cutting Edge

This column will examine the contemporary art scene in Shanghai over the past three decades, giving an insight into its development via interviews with the country’s top artists, curators and collectors. The column will be divided into 5-year periods looking at various aspects such as the background of China’s contemporary art, the M50 art hub, the beginning of biennales and international art fairs in Shanghai, and the emergence of private museums at the West Bund. The series begins with the contemporary art scene in Shanghai from 1995 to 2000.
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A milestone for contemporary art

Zhang Qing was a curator when the word still had negative connotations. His Shanghai Biennale changed all that. 
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The man who made M50 hub

Xiao Jin, or Director Jin, used to be the soul of M50. As its founder, Jin Weidong entered the local fabric factory in 1985. 
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Two sides to artist Pu

For artist Pu Jie, the "Dual Visual Angle" is a partial overlapping of past and present, East and West, A and B.
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Where contemporary art entered the mainstream (2000-2005)

From 2000 to 2005, the Shanghai Biennale and M50 were undoubtedly two indelible names in China's contemporary art.
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Opening up to the art of the new (2000-2005)

This column examines the contemporary art scene in Shanghai over the past three decades. This week we focus on the time from 2000 to 2005.
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"Barbecue collage" artist Xue Song dares to try

In the early 1990s, experimental artist Xue Song would never have thought his day would come. At that time, most Chinese people's tastes stopped at realism or impressionism. 
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Lorenz Helbling: ShanghART's strength is to find good talents

Lorenz Helbling came to Shanghai in 1985 to study Chinese history and film. It was an era when the "new wave" art movement was stirring, but he didn't take much notice.
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Ink-wash artist Wu Yiming: Every experimental practice leads to a lonely path

Shanghai-born Wu Yiming was one of the pioneers in changing conventional thinking about ink-wash and pushing its boundaries.
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Art tales from the underground (1995 to 2000)

This column will examine the contemporary art scene in Shanghai over the past three decades, giving an insight into its development.
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Uli Sigg, one of the first generation of Western collectors

Uli Sigg, one of the leading owners of the world's largest and most important collection of Chinese contemporary art, was among the first generation of Western collectors.
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