Art is a lie that tells the truth

Get set for the West Bund neighborhood serving another diverse range of visual, auditory and performing works to stimulate the heart, confuse the mind and inspire the imagination.
Art is a lie that tells the truth
Ti Gong

The West Bund Art & Design features 109 leading galleries from 18 countries across Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania.

The sixth edition of West Bund Art & Design

The sixth edition of the West Bund Art & Design features 109 leading galleries from 18 countries across Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania. Among them, 28 new galleries are participating for the first time.

Works span from early 20th century modern art to contemporary art, and cover a range of media, from painting and sculpture to moving images and installation.

This year, nine artists and works will be presented at the section of “xian chang,” both within the vicinity of the West Bund Art Center as well as in the city.

About 30 artists from 17 galleries and arts organizations will show at dream video. West Bund Voice will feature panel discussions with collectors, gallerists, artists, curators, scholars and media.

As usual, Zhou Tiehai shies away from the media focus spotlight and keeps a low profile. But each year, West Bund Art & Design proves to get better and better in regard to new expanded venues, the level of participating galleries and a mature professional management.

“Perhaps I am a person who is very keen on detail,” Zhou said.

Public Day

November 9-10, 10am-7pm

Venue: West Bund Art Center

Address: 2555 Longteng Ave


West Bund Museum

Yesterday the West Bund Museum opened to the public through a formal launch of the “Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum,” a project between the West Bund Group and Centre Pompidou in Paris. It is also Centre Pompidou’s first collaborative cultural project in Asia.

Situated in the waterfront area with an area of 25,000 square meters, the West Bund Museum was designed by renowned British architect David Chipperfield and his team.

After the opening, there will be two exhibitions, which are “The Shape of Time” and “Observations.”

“The Shape of Time,” as the first semi-permanent exhibition, brings together more than 100 major works from Centre Pompidou.

The exhibition is an introduction to the identity of the Pompidou collection, and its history and that of the European context where it was created.

At the same time, “Observations” focuses on new media art development through a cross-disciplinary approach that selects works from 15 artists from the New Media collection at the Musee National d’Art Moderne — Centre Pompidou, with a special focus on Chinese artists’ discussion and contribution to the creative field.

 • ‘Shape of Time’

Date: Through May 9, 2021, 10am-5pm

Venue: West Bund Museum Gallery 2&3

Address: 2600 Longteng Ave

• ‘Observations’

Date: Through March 29, 10am—5pm

Venue: West Bund Museum Gallery 1

Address: 2600 Longteng Ave


ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair

Running from November 7 to 10 at Shanghai Exhibition Center, the fair attracts about 110 galleries from 18 countries and 57 cities, presenting contemporary art and design by established and emerging artists, such as the solo-exhibition by British artist Eddie Peake at White Cube.

The exhibition focus lies in the lapses and voids inherent in the process of translating between verbal language and nonverbal modes of communication.

“Detour” investigates discourses from regions beyond the Euro-American fabricated geographic networks and canonized narratives, in a hope to understand artistic, intellectual, social, political, and economic exchanges and developments on a global scale from different viewpoints.

“Approach” supports the development of young galleries across the world by applying a different pricing model from the main section. Participating galleries will present either a solo or a group show featuring fewer than three artists with a curatorial approach.

“Beyond” transcends the spatial limitation of traditional art-fair booths. It showcases large-scale paintings, sculptures and installations in the public area of ART021.

“Beyond-Extends” integrates contemporary art installations into public life by placing them in the public spaces outside the fair.

Through artist collaborations, Beyond-Extends promotes public art in China and engages with the local Shanghai community.

Public Day

Date: November 9-10, 10am-6pm

Address: 1000 Yan’an Rd M.

Art is a lie that tells the truth
Ti Gong

The ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair has assembled about 110 of world’s leading galleries at the Shanghai Exhibition Center.


Lin Aojie: Designers Have a Future Only When They Treat Artworks as Initial Inspiration

A solo-exhibition by Lin Aojie, “Designers Have a Future Only When They Treat Artworks as Initial Inspiration,” is on display at Building No. 8, West Bund at ShanghART. On view will be new works, such as photographs, painting, video and text.

Born in Guangzhou in 1986, Lin graduated from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Oil Painting Department in 2010. He now lives and works in Guangzhou.

Lin’s work always approaches the entire art ecology and the power of art system in a causal yet direct way, so as to conduct multi-dimensional examination and one-sided intervention.

As the title says, “Designers Have a Future Only When They Treat Artworks as Initial Inspiration.” Lin also wanders around the intersections between art, design and popular culture.

The young artist prefers to draw the figures and patterns occurring in his mind in the computer, which he thinks is more free and innovative in painting.

Later the artist would print the drawings done on his computer on the photo. A video screening on site clarifies the artist’s concepts and purposes.

Sometimes he obtains inspiration after viewing paintings created by the big names in China’s contemporary art scene. If the viewers are careful enough, they might get answers from Lin to the inspiration behind his paintings.

Exhibition info

Date: Through December 20, 11am-6pm

Venue: ShanghART Gallery

Address: Bldg 8, 2555 Longteng Ave


Convex/Concave: Belgian Contemporary Art

Organized by WIELS and TANK Shanghai, it is a national-level exhibition that presents a convex/concave dualism between the strong internalized self-awareness in the cultures of China and Belgium, and the externalized and relationship-oriented world view.

The 15 Belgian artists including Francis Alys, Harold Ancart and Jacques Charlier, some recently emerging on the scene and others internationally acclaimed, not only reflect the creativity of the arts and ideas coming out of Belgium, but also recalls an intellectual exchange between East and West.

Exhibition info

Date: Through January 12, 2021, 10am-6pm

Venue: TANK Shanghai

Address: 2350 Longteng Ave


Unique Design Shanghai

As China’s first ever platform dedicated to contemporary and vintage collectible design, Unique Design Shanghai runs from November 8 to 10 at TANK Shanghai.

It aims to create a new collectible design event brand that links the East and the West through sharp vision, international perspectives, pioneering concepts and diverse resources.

It is the first time that top international design galleries and local talent has got together to showcase iconic and inspiring collectible design in China.

The event will attract design collectors, designers, architects, property developers and art lovers.

The fair is divided into four sections: “Top International Galleries” will present eight international design galleries with their selected works; a specially curated section “China Design Next” will showcase cutting-edge design pieces from 15 emerging and established designers spanning four generations from China; “Design Performance, Film and Forum” includes a line-up of contemporary artists and designers to interpret collectible design in various engaging ways; “Pop-Up Design & Architecture Bookstore” will collaborate with leading publishers to bring a selection of top-quality books in architecture, art and design.

Exhibition info

Dates: Through November 10, 10am-6pm

Venue: TANK Shanghai

Address: 2350 Longteng Ave

Art is a lie that tells the truth

Ma Yansong's "Model" at Unique Design Shanghai

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