Art of Shanghai

IMG_1836{The China Pavilion from the Shanghai World Expo in 2010 has been transformed into a museum of Chinese Art}

P1010899{Work by Yang Shaobin}

The Shanghai Art Museum was located in the city on Nanjing Road, which was an old 1933 clubhouse for the racehorse set, but in October 2012 the contemporary art museum moved into the Chinese pavilion from the 2010 Expo and was renamed the “China Art Museum, Shanghai“.

IMG_1993{Hanging scroll of bamboo, water and ink on paper- Qing}

Shanghai Museum houses items of national importance and great historical perspective from various Dynasties such as Han, Ming and Qing with items in bronze, jade, ceramics and various furnishings, including bamboo.

IMG_2019{Sacrificial animal- zun wine vessel}

P1010912{M50 at 50 Moganshan Lu}

P1010914 P1010916P1010917


M50 is one of Shanghai’s best creative communities in the Putuo District, which houses a thriving cluster of artists, whose studios are open to the public with off the beaten path galleries. The venue of open studios and apartments provide a great way to view the avant-garde work of contemporary artist. You feel as if you are in the “SoHo” of Shanghai! The buildings themselves may be a work in progress so, one can see that these artists are definitely pushing the boundaries of what is accepted as the norm.

Think creatively,


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3 thoughts on “Art of Shanghai

  1. Stylish Heath, I love the pics. Especially the pics showing the cluster of art studio’s. What a nice concept…….open to the public for all to see their work. The art district kind of reminds me of an MGM studio movie lot and set to film a scene. Really nice photos. Love your blog………………………


  2. For some reason I have always perceived Eastern culture to be so different from ours that urban life would be tantamount to “rural” life here in the West. Obviously I blew that one. They have always been so secretive that I construed it as an inferiority complex. They challenge us now as an economic superpower. Their plethora of cultural artifacts is amazing and in reality their civilization dates back several millenia. Our “Western” culture is all of what….500 years? I have a newfound respect for their lifestyle, arts and architecture. Excellent pictures and synopsis of urban Chinese culture.


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