SHANGHAI CITY GUIDE

Long Museum, photo credits Su Shengliang, Xia Zhi

Heading to Shanghai for the day and not sure what to see?

Our in house curator Martin Guinard, who has spend a considerable time dwelling into this vibrant art scene, leaves us his tips!

#1 Power Station of Art

Credits Su Shengliang, Xia Zhi

The Power Station of Art is a contemporary art museum housed in a former power station. It is China’s first state run contemporary art museum!

#2 Himalayas Museum

Image: © The Himalayas Art Museum, Shanghai

#3 Long Museum

Credits Su Shengliang, Xia Zhi

Apart from its exception architecture, the Long Museum is the largest private institution of collection in China and boasts of the richest collection nationwide.

Founded by Chinese couple collectors, Mr. Liu Yiqian and his wife, Ms. Wang Wei, the Long Museum owns two huge places for exhibition and related functions: Long Museum Pudong and Long Museum West Bund. Located respectively in Pudong New Area and Binjiang, Xuhui District, they constitute a unique ecosystem of art in Shanghai: “One City, Two Museums.”

#4 Chronus Art Center

Exhibition view of ‘PSYCHOPROSA’ by Thomas Feuerstein at Chronus Art Center
Image courtesy of Sexauer

It’s China’s first non-profit art organization dedicated to the presentation, research / creation and scholarship of media art.CAC is positioned to advance artistic innovation and cultural awareness by critically engaging with media technologies that are transforming and reshaping contemporary experiences.

#5 K11

Credits Charlie Xia

Art in a luxury shopping mall? This is the place to go!

A global high-end lifestyle brand operator under New World Group, K11 is the world’s first original brand to pioneer the blend of three essential elements of Art, People, Nature.

K11 not only displays a permanent collection of local young artists’ works, but also allows the public to appreciate different local artworks and performance during shopping and leisure through the provision of various multi-dimensional spaces. This can help enhance the communication and exchanges between local artists and the public, nurture habits of art appreciation, and allow young artists to have more opportunities for showcasing their works so as to foster the development of local art.

#6 Centre Pompidou

No, you can’t go to the Centre Pompidou just yet but it’s worth knowing that the French-based museum has joined Le Louvre and the Guggenheim in expanding East. The Centre Pompidou Shanghai is expected to open in the coming years. It will show around 20 exhibitions over five years in a wing of the new West Bund Art Museum, which is being built in the cultural district of China’s commercial capital by British architect David Chipperfield.

Martin Guinard

Martin Guinard-Terrin is an artist and curator, with a background in History of Art and Fine Arts (Concordia, McGill, Central Saint Martins). He has worked at the Palais des Beaux-arts in Paris under the direction of Nicolas Bourriaud. He is currently co-curating an international exhibition called Reset Modernity ! at ZKM I Centre for Art and Media in Karlsruhe. The project is realised in collaboration with the AIME project, under the direction of the philosopher Bruno Latour.