Shanghai becomes a hot-spot for Chinese creativity and contemporary art
Tuesday 06 September 2011
Two major Shanghai-based art fairs will showcase the best cutting-edge Asian art this September.
The Shanghai Art Fair and SH Contemporary are the two of the most noteworthy art fairs on Shanghai's art calendar.
In 2011 China overtook Britain to become the world’s second biggest art market next to the US. Chinese buyers are increasingly investing in contemporary Asian art.
The Shanghai Art Fair - China's largest - started in 1997 and is the leading event in scale amid major art fairs in Asia, while Sh Contemporary - The Asia Pacific Contemporary Art Fair- grows bigger every year with more and more interest from international art galleries.
The younger of the two fairs, SH Contemporary was launched in 2007, and has grown to attract close to 30,000 visitors and registered collectors from Europe, North America, China and the rest of Asia in 2010.
The theme of SH Contemporary’s fifth edition is "All that is new in Shanghai" - an appropriate title for an art fair that is attempting to display elements of China’s blossoming art scene.
The fair is under the new direction of Italian director Massimo Torrigiani who aims to capture and amplify "the new wave of creativity which is running through the region."
"I want SH Contemporary to keep its position as the most important contemporary art fair in mainland China; an insider’s guide to develop international business and projects in the Chinese and Asia Pacific markets," said Torrigiani.
SH Contemporary intends to stay at the top of its game by presenting primarily Asian artworks created by cutting-edge artists. The Shanghai Art Fair will showcase a large selection of global and domestic artwork that in the past has included original masterpieces from the likes of Picasso, Chagall, Dali, Renoir, Monet, Zhu Dequn, Qi Baishi, Xu Beihong, and Zhang Daqian.
The Shanghai Art Fair has welcomed more than 1000 galleries from over 50 countries over the past dozen years. In 2011 it will host its first American Pavilion, in which "artists from the West [will] bring inspiration and ideas to the East interlacing a cultural compatible bridge in unprecedented ways."
The fifth edition of SH Contemporary will run September 8-10 at the Shanghai Exhibition Center. The event will coincide with a large array of satellite events that will take place around the city at the same time. The 15th edition of the Shanghai Art Fair will take place the following week (September 14-18) at ShanghaiMART.
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