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ShanghART 20 Years (1996-2016)

Milestones and major exhibitions (20 Years Shanghart catalogue) Nov,2017

1996

ShanghART Portman
In the early summer of 1996, after having organised several art projects and exhibitions at different places, ShanghART established its first stable space in the lobby of Shanghai’s Portman Shangri-La Hotel. During the "Portman Period" (1996-1998), ShanghART held 13 solo exhibitions for 9 artists at the hotel and other spaces.

June  Solo exhibition 15 x Red -New Works on Paper by Ding Yi opened at Portman Shangri-La Hotel in Shanghai and ShanghART was formally founded
July  Solo exhibition Jin Weihong opened at ShanghART Portman
August  Solo exhibition Tang Guo opened at ShanghART Portman
August  ShanghART participated in the China Art Exposition ’96, Beijing
October  Solo exhibition Xue Song: Collage opened at Shanghai Art Museum.
October  Pu Jie’s solo exhibition Let’s Play Chess Together opened at Shanghai Art Museum

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1997

February  Solo exhibition Wu Yiming: New Works (on paper) opened at ShanghART Portman.
June  Pu Jie’s solo exhibition Shanghai Calling opened at Taikoo Place in Hong Kong.
September  Solo exhibition Ji Wenyu: Works 1993-1997 opened at ShanghART Portman.
October  ShanghART participated in the 1st Shanghai Art Fair.
December  Solo exhibition Ding Yi: Crosses ‘97 opened at Shanghai Art Museum.
In the same year, ShanghART also realised solo exhibition of Nan Xi at ShanghART Portman.

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1998

Website
In 1998, the independent gallery website www.shanghart.com was launched. The website was
a window to disseminate ShanghART's information to the world. In 2004, the website was upgraded to
the current site www.shanghartgallery.com. Over time, the website has become a comprehensive database of ShanghART, documenting 4000+ exhibitions, 20000+ artworks, 2600+ publications, and hundreds of texts and e-books about the artists ShanghART has been collaborating with.

April  Zeng Fanzhi’s first solo exhibition in Shanghai The Mask opened at ShanghART Portman
June  Solo exhibition Tang Guo: New Works on Paper opened at Shanghai Art Museum
August  ShanghART participated in the 2nd Beijing International Art Exposition

ShanghART website www.shanghart.com was launched. Chen Zhen's internet project Social Investigation -Shanghai No. 2 was displayed on the web
ShanghART also realised solo exhibition of Jin Weihong at ShanghART Portman

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1999

In the Spring of 1999, ShanghART relocated to Shanghai Fuxing Park. A space smaller than 100㎡ was renovated and divided into exhibition, storage, and office space. Until the early summer of 2005, ShanghART held more than 40 solo exhibitions in this six-year-time of "Fuxing Park Period".

March  Geng Jianyi’s solo exhibition Impossible to Name opened as the first exhibition at ShanghART Fuxing Park
April  ShanghART Involved in Art for Sale: Contemporary Art Exhibition at Shanghai Plaza
September  Solo exhibition Don't be Afraid to Make Mistakes: New Works of Zhou Tiehai opened at ShanghART Fuxing Park
September  Group exhibition Fortune Global Forum-Contemporary Art Exhibition opened at the Jinmao Podium Building in Shanghai
November  Yu Youhan’s Solo exhibition Ah, Us opened at ShanghART Fuxing Park
In the same year, ShanghART also realised solo exhibitions of Wu Yiming and Pu Jie at ShanghART Fuxing Park

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2000

Warehouse
In 2000, ShanghART rent an old warehouse (No.113 West Suzhou Road) along the Suzhou Creek for storing and displaying artworks. At the same time, many artists set up their studios around this area.

April  Wei Guangqing’s solo exhibition The Extended Virtuous Words opened at ShanghART Fuxing Park
June  ShanghART participated as the first gallery from Greater China in Art Basel. Till 2017, ShanghART has participated consecutively for 18 editions in Art Basel.
June  Public welfare activity Come and Meet the Panda held at Parkson Plaza, Shanghai. Series works of Zhao Bandi and the Panda showed at Pudong International Airport and Huaihai Road in Shanghai
July  Zhang Enli’s solo exhibition Dancing opened at ShanghART Fuxing Park
October  ShanghART participated in the ARTISSIMA for the first time
November  The exhibition Useful Life opened at Dong Daming Road, Shanghai. Participating artists were Yang Fudong, Yang Zhenzhong, and Xu Zhen
December  Solo exhibition New Works of Shen Fan opened at ShanghART Fuxing Park
In the same year, ShanghART also realised solo exhibitions of Zhao Nengzhi, Ji Wenyu and Xue Song at ShanghART Fuxing Park

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2001

February  ShanghART participated in the ARCO Madrid - International Contemporary Art Fair for the first time
February  The slideshow of Homage to Chen Zhen screened simultaneously at ShanghART Fuxing Park and The Paris Museum of Modern Art
April  Zhou Tiehai’s solo exhibition The Artist Isn't Here held simultaneously at ShanghART Fuxing Park and ISE Culture Foundation, New York
July  ShanghART cooperated with the German Consulate to hold the solo exhibition Pu Jie.com
September  Xiang Liqing’s solo exhibition In the Middle of Change opened at ShanghART Fuxing Park
October  ShanghART participated in the FIAC (Foire internationale d'art contemporain) for the first time
November  ShanghART participated in the 10th Taipei Art Fair with Zhou Tiehai’s project Duravit > ShanghART
In the same year, ShanghART also realised solo exhibitions of Yang Mian, Liu Jianhua, Tang Guo, Zeng Fanzhi and Geng Jianyi at ShanghART Fuxing Park

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2002

May  The exhibition Are You Going to Enjoy Calligraphy or Measure Blood Pressure? 2002 in Yangjiang Some Event Occurring in Shanghai opened in ShanghART Fuxing Park and a temporary space inside the park. Participating artists included Zheng Guogu, Sha Yeya, Chen Zaiyan, and Sun Qinglin
October  ShanghART participated in the Melbourne Art Fair for the first time
November  Li Shan’s solo Exhibition Reading opened at ShanghART Fuxing Park
In the same year, ShanghART also realised solo exhibitions of Ding Yi & Shen Fan, Xue Song, Pu Jie, Wu Yiming and Tang Guo at ShanghART Fuxing Park

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2003

January  Feng Mengbo’s solo exhibition Q4U 2003: The Two-dimensional Works opened at ShanghART Fuxing Park
March  Solo exhibition I/We – The Paintings of Zeng Fanzhi 1991-2003 opened at Shanghai Art Museum
April  Liang Yue’s solo exhibition Several Dusks opened at ShanghART Fuxing Park
September  Song Tao’s solo exhibition The Floor: Life is Wonderful opened at ShanghART Fuxing Park
October  Zooming into Focus: Contemporary Chinese Photography and Video from the Haudenschild Collection opened at University Art Gallery of San Diego State University, U.S.A. till 2005, toured to Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai; Cultural Tijuana, Mexico; LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore and National Art Museum of China, Beijing
In the same year, ShanghART also realised solo exhibitions of Zheng Guogu, Liu Jianhua, Xiang Liqing, Xue Song, Wang Xingwei, Ji Wenyu and Pu Jie at the ShanghART Fuxing Park

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2004

In 2004, ShanghART set up the H-Space as the second space at 50 Moganshan Road (bldg.18). H-Space measured more than 700㎡ and allowed large-scale works to be exhibited properly. Until late 2016, 51 solo exhibitions and more than 20 themed exhibitions were held in this space.

April  Zhang Enli’s solo exhibition Human, Too Human opened at BizART in Shanghai
May  Wang Youshen’s solo exhibition Washing opened at ShanghART Fuxing Park
June  solo exhibition Yang Mian's Beauty Standard opened at Xintiandi, Shanghai
September  Shi Yong's solo exhibition The Heaven · The world opened at ShanghART Fuxing Park and H-Space. Part II Heaven was the first exhibition opened at H-Space
October  Zhou Tiehai’s solo exhibition Tonic+ opened at ShanghART Fuxing Park and H-Space.
December  ShanghART participated in Art Basel Miami Beach for the first time
In the same year, ShanghART also realised solo exhibitions of Zhou Tiehai, Wei Guangqing, Geng Jianyi at ShanghART Fuxing Park; and Yu Youhan at ShanghART H-Space

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2005

April  Song Tao’s solo exhibition Some Day opened as the last exhibition at ShanghART Fuxing Park, and  continued to early May
September  Hu Yang’s solo exhibition Shanghai Living opened at ShanghART H-Space
November  Birdhead’s solo exhibition Welcome to Birdhead World 2004+2005 opened at ShanghART H-Space
ShanghART as the only gallery in China featured in the book International Art Galleries: Post-War to Post-Millennium
In the same year, ShanghART also realised solo exhibitions of Li Shan at ShanghART Fuxing Park; Tang Guo, Li Shan and group exhibition In their 40’s at ShanghART H-Space

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2006

Bldg.16, M50
In 2006, the warehouse at 50 Moganshan Road (bldg.16) was renovated and divided into ShanghART Main Space with 215㎡, office area and a back garden.

ShanghART gallery’s founder Lorenz Helbling was ranked 82nd on Power 100 listed by Art Review.
January  Tang Maohong’s solo exhibition Orchid Finger opened at ShanghART H-Space
March  Xu Zhen’s solo exhibition 8848-1.86 opened at ShanghART H-Space
June  Ji Wenyu & Zhu Weibing’s exhibition Here, The Scene is Better opened at ShanghART H-Space
November  Yang Zhenzhong’s solo exhibition Foreplay opened at ShanghART H-Space
November  Lu Chunsheng’s solo exhibition History of Chemistry 2 opened at BizART, Shanghai.

In the same year, ShanghART also realised solo exhibitions of Xue Song, Wu Yiming at ShanghART Main Space; and Ding Yi, Zeng Fanzhi, Pu Jie, Zhao Bandi at ShanghART H-Space

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2007

F-Space
In the early summer of 2007, ShanghART opened a new space at No. 800 Wujiaochang, an emerging art zone neighboring Fudan University, so therefore the space was named "F-Space". F-Space was dedicated to present the works of many emerging artists.

March  Yang Fudong's solo exhibition No Snow on the Broken Bridge opened at ShanghART H-Space, and it’s the first time ShangART Gallery exhibited multiple-channel video installation
June  Zhang Ding’s solo exhibition N Kilometers Towards the West opened as the first exhibition at ShanghART F-Space
September  Shi Qing’s solo exhibition When Zhuge Liang Meets Panda, A New Project by Shi Qing opened at ShanghART F-Space
September  Zhang Ding’s solo exhibition Tools opened at a temporary space at bldg. 18, 50 Moganshan Road
September  Liang Shaoji’s solo exhibition Cloud opened at ShanghART H-Space
September  Art project Hipic was shown at 50 Moganshan Road Central Plaza
October  Hu Jieming’s solo exhibition Dozens of Days and Dozens of Years opened at ShanghART H-Space
November  Sun Xun’s solo exhibition Mythos opened at ShanghART F-Space
November  The first biological art exhibition Pumpkin Project by Li Shan & Zhang Pingjie opened at ShanghART Main Gallery
November  Bandi Panda Fashion Show launched at Central Hall, 798 Art Zone, Beijing. (In January 2008, the event ShanghART Night - Zhao Bandi gracefully reaches Shanghai with his Panda Couture opened at Shengrong Yacht on the Bund, Shanghai.)
The anniversary catalogue SHANGHART GALLERY 10 YEARS was published
ShanghART Beijing Space at Caochangdi Art Zone was in preparation
In the same year, ShanghART also realised solo exhibitions of Ji Wenyu & Zhu Weibing at ShanghART Main Space; Li Shan at H-Space; and Wei Guangqing at F-Space.

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2008

ShanghART Beijing and ShanghART 796 Huaihai Rd
In the spring of 2008, after preparing for half a year, ShanghART unveiled it's first space outside of Shanghai, ShanghART Beijing, in Caochangdi Art Zone, Beijing. In Autumn, the fifth space "ShanghART 796 Huaihai Road" was opened in Shanghai.

February  Huang Kui’s solo exhibition A.D. 210 (Part 1) opened at ShanghART F-Space
April  Geng Jianyi’s Solo Exhibition-Excessive Transition as the opening exhibition held at ShanghART Bejing
April  Zhou Zixi’s solo exhibition China 1946-1949 opened at ShanghART H-Space
May  ShanghART participated in the art fair Hong Kong International Art Exhibition for the first time.
May   Zhu Jia’s solo exhibition We Are Perfect opened at ShanghART H-space
October  Involved opened at ShanghART H-Space, curated by Philippe Pirotte
ShanghART Videotheque was set up at spaces in Shanghai and Beijing, more than 200 Chinese artists’ video works were accessible to the public
In the same year, ShanghART also realised solo exhibitions of Xu Zhen, Yang Fudong at ShanghART Main Space; Wei Guangqing, Zhang Enli at ShanghART H-Space; Hu Yang, Birdhead, Ji Wenyu & Zhu Weibing at ShanghART F-Space; Ji Wenyu & Zhu Weibing, Birdhead at ShangART 796 Huaihai Road; and Zeng Fanzhi, Liang Shaoji at ShanghART Beijing.

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2009

February  Solo exhibition Liu Weijian opened at ShanghART Main Space
February  First exhibition featured artists’ sketches Another Scene -Artists' Projects, Concepts and Ideas opened at ShanghART H-space, displaying 33 artists’ manuscripts
May  Group exhibition Blackboard opened at ShanghART H-Space, curated by Fu Xiaodong, exhibited 38 works based on a blackboard as the creative element
May  Zhang Qing’s solo exhibition Don’t Go So Fast opened at ShanghART Beijing
July  Chen Xiaoyun’s solo exhibition Emerald Tablet opened at ShanghART H-Space
September  Xu Zhen founded MadeIn Company and Seeing One's Own Eyes - Middle weat Contemporary Art Exhibition opened at ShanghART Main Space and H-Space
September  Stolen Treasures from Modern China opened at ShangART 796 Huaihai Rd., then at ShangART Beijing in November
November  The series exhibition Things from the Gallery Warehouse I featured works from gallery warehouse opened at H-Space. (The series has been continued for 7 editions till 2016.)
New warehouse space at M50 Taopu was in preparation (Building 8, 18 Wuwei Rd. (E), Shanghai)
In the same year, ShanghART also realised solo exhibitions of Sun Xun, Pu Jie at ShanghART H-Space; Zhao Bandi, Xue Song, Shen Fan, Huang Kui at ShangART 796 Huaihai Rd; and Shi Qing, Zhang Ding at ShanghART Beijing.

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2010

ShanghART Taopu

In 2010, ShanghART transformed a 3000㎡ warehouse space inside the building no.8, TOP Art Zone into ShanghART Taopu to archive and exhibit large scale works. Over 30 large scale installations were exhibited in the viewing room the same summer.

April  Araki's World: Solo Exhibition of Nobuyoshi Araki opened at ShanghART Beijing, then at ShangART 796 Huaihai Rd in July
May  Isaac Julien’s solo exhibition Ten Thousand Waves opened at ShanghART H-Space
July  Shao Yi & Shi Qing’s Elementary Spectacle opened at ShanghART H-Space
August  ShanghART won Best of Shanghai 2010 Lifestyle Awards (Best Gallery/ Curator)
September  Group exhibition Useful Life 2010 opened at ShanghART H-Space
October  Group exhibition DIAL 62761232 - A Document on A Contemporary Art Event opened at ShanghART Taopu.  (ID4915) document 1)
November  Solo exhibition Mao Yan in Dufftown opened at ShanghART H-Space
In the same year, ShanghART also realised solo exhibitions of Hu Jieming at ShanghART Main Space; Liu Weijian at ShanghART H-Space; Xu Zhen – Produced by MadeIn Company, Zhou Tiehai, Liu Weijian at ShanghART 796 Huaihai Rd; and Xu Zhen – Produced by MadeIn Company, Chen Xiaoyun at ShanghART Beijing.

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2011

January  ShanghART participated in the Art Stage Singapore for the first time
July  “Contemporary Art Exhibition Documentation Project II: ’Let's Talk about Money-1st International Fax Art Exhibition in Shanghai 1996’" opened at ShanghART Taopu
September  Residency Programme Huge Character-Cooperation Project by SUN Xun, TANG Maohong, ZHANG Ding initiated at ShanghART Beijing, which was selected as 2011 best exhibition by ARTFORUM
September  Waterworks opened at ShanghART H-Space, featuring artists including Geng Jianyi, Wu Shanzhuan and Yang Fudong
October  Growing Up: Exhibition Celebrating SWFC 3rd & ShanghART Gallery 15th Anniversary opened at Shanghai World Financial Center
In the same year, ShanghART also realised solo exhibitions of Xiang Liqing, Ji Wenyu & Zhu Weibing at ShanghART Main Space; Huang Kui, Zhang Ding, Yu Youhan, Zhang Qing at H-Space; Xu Zhen – Produced by MadeIn Company at Main Space and H-Space; and Sun Xun, Yang Zhenzhong, Zhu Jia, Zhou Zixi at ShanghART Beijing

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2012

ShanghART Singarpore
In the autumn of 2012, ShanghART Singapore was opened in the Gillman Barracks, the landmark of Singapore contemporary art, which is the first ShanghART space outside of China.

ShanghART ranked as No.1 gallery in Top 10 Influential Galleries of China, listed by BAZAAR Art.
February  Sun Xun's animation Some Actions Which Haven't Been Defined yet in the Revolution, which was shortlisted at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival, coinciding with the screening at ShanghART Beijing
June  Zhang Ding’s solo exhibition Buddha Jumps over the Wall opened at Top Contemporary Art Centre, Shanghai
September  EDIT: Image Fetish and Phobia opened at ShanghART H-Space
September  Zhang Enli's solo exhibition Part opened at ShanghART Singapore during trial operation
October  Place of Residence - With Artists from Brazil and China opened at ShanghART Main Space and H-Space
November  Yuan Yuan’s solo exhibition Imagined Memory - A Home from Home opened at ShanghART H-Space
In the same year, ShanghART also realised solo exhibitions of Wu Yiming at ShanghART Main Space; solo exhibitions of Wu Yiming at ShanghART Main Space; Shen Fan, Shi Qing at H-Space; Chen Xiaoyun, Yang Fudong, Birdhead, Zhu Jia and group exhibition Distance Produces Beauty at ShanghART Beijing

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2013

New H-Space
In the early autumn of 2013, ShanghART H-Space in M50 reopened to the public after renovation. The space was equipped with an improved exhibition hall, and established an office area and archive room.

January  Solo exhibition Geng Jianyi opened as the first exhibition at ShanghART Singapore
April  Sun Xun’s first 3D animation Magic Party and Dead Crow premiered at ShanghART Beijing
September  Group exhibition Clutch opened as the first exhibition after H-Space’s renovation
November  ShanghART participated in the 1st ART 021, Shanghai
November  Group exhibition Semi-automatic Mode with Li Pinghu, Li Ran & Lu Lei opened at ShanghART Beijing
In the same year, ShanghART also realised solo exhibitions of Tang Guo, Chris Gill at ShanghART Main Space; Liang Yue at ShanghART H-Space; Shi Qing, Chen Xiaoyun, Tang Maohong at ShanghART Beijing; and Yang Fudong, Zhu Jia at ShanghART Singapore

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2014

February  Group exhibition 5+ opened at ShanghART Beijing to celebrate its 5th anniversary
February  Solo exhibition Han Feng opened at ShanghART Main Space
April  Project by Zhang Ding Orbit of Rock opened at ShanghART Beijing
June  Solo exhibition Jiang Pengyi opened at ShanghART H-Space
September  ShanghART participated in the 1st West Bund Art and Design, Shanghai
October  ShanghART participated in Frieze London for the first time
November  Group exhibition Semi-automatic Mode II with Zhao Yang, Hu Liu & Han Feng opened at ShanghART Beijing
In the same year, ShanghART also realised solo exhibitions of Chen Xiaoyun at ShanghART Main Space; Liu Weijian, Yang Fudong at ShanghART H-Space; Liang Shaoji, Xu Zhen – Produced by MadeIn Company at ShanghART Main Space and H-Space; Zhang Ding, Shen Fan, Wang Youshen at ShanghART Beijing; and Xu Zhen – Produced by MadeIn Company, Zhou Zixi, Pu Jie , Sun Xun at ShanghART Singapore

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2015

In 2015, a newly completed 2000㎡ ShanghART space opened at the West Bund, Shanghai. The industrial like appearance was inspired by shipping containers along Huangpu River.

January  Robert Zhao Renhui’s solo exhibition The Nature Collector opened at ShanghART Main Space
March  Ouyang Chun’s solo exhibition My Story opened at ShanghART Main Space and H-Space
April  Shao Yi’s solo exhibition Totem Producing opened at ShanghART Beijing
August  Art project by Guo Xi and Zhang Jianling The Grand Voyage opened at ShanghART Main Space
September  Geng Jianyi: 2015 Summer as the pre-opening exhibition of ShanghART new West Bund space
September  Lu Lei's solo exhibition Echo opened at ShanghART Beijing
In the same year, ShanghART also realised solo exhibition of Shen Fan at ShanghART Main Space; Birdhead at H-Space; Zhang Enli, Zhu Jia at ShanghART Main Space and H-Space; Zeng Fanzhi, Wu Yiming, Liu Weijin, Ouyang Chun at ShanghART Beijing; and Ding Yi, Jiang Pengyi, Sun Xun at ShanghART Singapore

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2016

In the autumn of 2016, ShanghART moved to its new building on the West Bund named ShanghART Shanghai. ShanghART's 20th anniversary exhibition Holzwege was held on both exhibition floors of the new gallery. ShanghART closed its space at Moganshan Road (later reopened in spring 2017 as ShanghART M50).

March  Zhao Yang's solo exhibition Zao opened at ShanghART main space and H-Space
July  Group exhibition The Uncertain, or the Shelved... opened at ShanghART Main Space and H-Space
November  Group exhibition HOLZWEGE opened to celebrate ShanghART’s 20th anniversary and ShanghART moved to the West Bund
In the same year, ShanghART also realised exhibitions of Chen Xiaoyun at ShanghART Main Space; Zhang Qing at H-space; Jiang Pengyi at ShanghART Main Space and H-Space; Liang Yue, Shao Yi
Hu Jieming, Liu Yue at ShanghART Beijing; and Xue Song, Birdhead at ShanghART Singapore

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