Every September, Shanghai becomes a key destination for the international art world, as the entire Asian contemporary art scene comes together during ShContemporary for the most dynamic art week of the year.
September 2010 shall become even more exciting, as ShContemporary coincides with the World Expo.
THE “BEST OF GALLERIES” SECTION
Over 100 international galleries, from all of Asia and from the western world, are expected to participate into the key section of the Fair, to take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet the very dynamic community of Asian art collectors.
Booths are available in 30, 60 and 90 square metres size. Galleries are selected based on the quality of their work and of their artistic proposal, and with a special attention to make sure the fair offers the most comprehensive artistic presentation of international and Asian contemporary art scene.
This museum style curated section at the heart of ShContemporary received unanimous critical acclaim in 2009, with thematic exhibition and lecture series that brought together artists such as Anri Sala, Fiona Tan, Xu Zhen, and Heman Chong, and speakers such as Boris Groys, Raqs Media Collective, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Martha Rosler.
This year, DISCOVERIES will continue to exert a powerful presence at ShContemporary. Two curators shall be working with Fair Director Colin Chinnery to create a new theme within the larger global context this year:
Mami Kataoka is joining ShContemporary curatorial team for a second year.
As Chief Curator of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Kataoka recently curated a major retrospective of the work of Ai Weiwei: “According to What?” Other prominent shows created by Kataoka include “Laughing in a Foreign Language” at the Hayward Gallery, and “Follow Me!: Chinese Art at the Threshold of the New Millennium” at the Mori Art Museum.
Manray Hsu is an independent curator based in Berlin and Taipei who in 2008 was co-curator of the Taipei Biennial. Manray served as a jury member for the 49th Venice Biennale, and the 2006 Hermes Prize for Korean Contemporary Artists. Other recent curatorial projects include "Naked Life" in 2006 at the Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art, and "Cracks on the Highway" in 2007 at the MAC Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro.
Asia Pacific Collectors Development Programme (CDP)
Inaugurated at a Gala Dinner during ShContemporary 09, CDP is a platform for emerging collectors in China and around Asia. CDP works with a broad range of institutional partners, to seek out and support those who need help and advice in starting their collections. Just two months into its programme, CDP worked with major Chinese banks to bring nearly 200 of their top clients to ShContemporary.
CDP is a project that runs all year round, to ensure that every year ShContemporary is able to bring many new collectors to the contemporary market.
Museum Collections Convention
Part of CDP’s remit is to broaden the conversation on art collections from the realm of the individual to that of institutions.
As ShContemporary forms the nucleus to China’s largest annual gathering of contemporary exhibitions; and with the very symbol of international cultural-economic discourse - the World Expo - as backdrop, we feel it to be the perfect opportunity to discuss where institutional collections stand today, and what function they perform within a larger commercial and cultural context.
Ten institutions from China and around the world will be invited to discuss this topic as part of our CDP programme at ShContemporary.
Shanghai World Expo 2010
Ever since the Paris World Fair of 1889 gave us the Eiffel Tower, the World Expo has been the biggest show on earth. Each participating country has invited top architects to create pavilions to display the culture, technology, and ideas they feel best represent their country for the 21st century. The Shanghai World Expo, which is expected to attract 70 to 80 million visitors, will be the largest expo the world has ever seen.