What To Expect from Art021 and West Bund Art & Design

By That's Shanghai, November 3, 2019

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Shanghai art week returns this November 7, with the opening of Art021 at Shanghai Exhibition Center, while West Bund Art & Design opens up on November 8. This year has been a tough one for arts in China, with a number of notable closures in Beijing over the past few months, and the continuing political situation in Hong Kong leading to the cancellation of Asia Contemporary Art Show in Spring 2020. 

While it has been a funny year for art, fairs and festivals continue to grow and continue to become more common throughout major cities. With Shanghai Art Week kicking off this November, a number of new galleries are set to debut at Art021 and West Bund Art & Design for the first time. Here’s what you need to know going into the week. 

Image via Art021


Taking place at Shanghai Exhibition Center over the course of four days, from November 7-10, Art021 brings together 110 galleries from 18 countries and 57 cities. Seventy percent of the galleries that will take part in the fair have galleries in China or other regions of Asia, making Art021 a vitally important arena in which galleries reach out to new audiences. 

Fans of contemporary art can enjoy sections like ‘Detour,’ ‘Beyond’ and ‘Approach,’ with each of these sections allowing something a little bit different. ‘Detour’ investigates Euro-American geographic networks and narratives, dwelling this time on the Silk Road route, following in Marco Polo’s journey through Eurasia, with 12 invited galleries from Asia and Europe. ‘Beyond’ allows for larger art works by placing them outside of the fair, with this year’s edition expanding to take in more commercial complexes throughout Shanghai. Finally, ‘Approach’ gives a platform for young, interesting and upcoming galleries, with 18 galleries taking part this year, including PeKIN Fine Arts from Beijing, Vin Gallery from Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam and 02art from Beijing.   

Nov 7-10 (Nov 7/8 are invitation only), 11am-6pm; RMB100. Shanghai Exhibition CenterSee event listingTickets

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Image via Art021

West Bund Art & Design

Coinciding with the long-awaited opening of West Bund Museum and equipped with a brand-new logo, the sixth edition of West Bund Art & Design welcomes 98 galleries from 18 different countries, including 28 galleries who will take part for the first time. 

Additionally, famed art and architecture book publisher TASCHEN will appear at West Bund Art & Design for the first time with their publication David Hockney. My Window. This will also mark the publishers first foray into the Chinese mainland, as it gets set to open an online shop on Alibaba’s T-Mall. 

Beloved sections of the fair will return again. ‘ArtReview Asia Xian Chang,’ which gives space larger and more complex installation work will again be present, while ‘Dream Video 100’ will also make a return. 

Finally, there’s no such thing as too many art museums, right? The long-awaited opening of West Bund Museum will take place during Shanghai Art Week. Teaming up with famed Parisian art complex, Centre Pompidou, opening with an exhibition called The Shape of Time, made up of over 100 works from the Centre Pompidou, acting as an introduction to the complex’s vast history. 

Nov 7-10, check the event schedule for individual times; RMB118 early bird, RMB160 (both single-day options). West Bund Art & Design Center. See event listing. Tickets

[Cover image via Art021]

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