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ShanghART’s Taopu Complex

May 23, 2011

Introducing Shanghai's one-stop shop for Chinese art, surely the best permanent modern art collection in town

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Guest feature by Berwin Song

The ShanghART complex in Taopu may be a trek out of town, but it houses surely the best permanent collection of contemporary Chinese art in Shanghai. Opened just last October, the huge warehouse hosts big local names such as Zhou Tiehai, Xu Zhen (now known as MadeIn), Yang Fudong and numerous others, including some Beijing heavyweights such as Wang Guangyi (featuring a sculpture based on his iconic ‘The Great Criticism’ series from 2002) and video art pioneer Zhu Jia (both the video and tricycle used in his 1994 work ‘Forever’, in which a a camera attached to the wheel of a flat-bed tricycle captured a 10km ride, are on display).

The pieces are big and bombastic – the poster-piece for the space is MadeIn’s colossal "Dinosaurs" (2007), two 10m glass containers featuring two halves of a life-sized brontosaurus preserved in formaldehyde – a nod to Damien Hirst’s shark.

Equally playful is Shi Yong’s "The Moon’s Hues are Teasing" (2002), which features a huge pair of polyester trousers tailored onto giant legs, or Yang Fudong’s award-winning "Blue Kylin" (2008), a massive, toppled stone column first presented at the 2008 Guangzhou Triennial.

There are several pieces previously included in ShanghART’s Things from the Gallery Warehouse series, first held in their M50 H-Space in 2009 – and the warehouse contains several smaller rooms, which house short-term displays. This month, there will be a series of paintings from Shi Qing, MadeIn and Yang Zhenzhong on show.

With more works being added regularly, and plans to open a shop this month that will offer more affordable works, a trip out to Taopu is a must for any follower of contemporary Chinese art.

ShanghART Gallery @

18 Wuwei Road near Qilianshan Road

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