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March 10, 2012

SH Contemporary 2012

SH Contemporary 2012

Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair
7–9 September 2012

Preview & Inauguration
(by invitation only):
Thursday, September 6: 5–10pm

Shanghai Exhibition Center

Friday, September 7: 11am–6pm
Saturday, September 8: 11am–6pm
Sunday, September 9: 11am–5pm

SH Contemporary is the most successful art fair in China, as it captures the dynamism of the Chinese art market as well as the spirit of Shanghai; a true creative city, bridging together business, culture and innovation.

Supporting primarily the development of the region’s contemporary art system, also by redefining the notion of “international” from an Asian perspective, the fair is an efficient business platform and a curatorially-led project. Presenting the most interesting Asian, Asia-Pacific and Western contemporary art to a growing group of local and international collectors and art lovers.

The 6th edition of the fair will once again take place in the spectacular Shanghai Exhibition Center, one of the city’s landmarks, from 7–9 September 2012, with Preview on the 6th.

Under the direction of Massimo Torrigiani, SH Contemporary is organized into two main sections:

1.  The Art Show features over 100 selected exhibitors, with sectors dedicated to young galleries and galleries specialized in photography.
2. SH Contemporary Projects, organized with the support of participating galleries and in co-operation with Arthub Asia’s curatorial network, highlights the work of leading Chinese artists and international talents:

Now Ink is an ongoing exhibition initiated with last edition of SH Contemporary and co-curated this year by Xiang Liping. It focuses on contemporary ink and calligraphy-related multimedia works
Hot Spots – co-curated for this edition with artist Shi Yong—is dedicated to large scale and site specific projects, including a series of monumental commissioned pieces by Indian artists, with the contribution of The Creative India Foundation and its director Diana Campbell
First Issue is built around the works of young artists who have had their first shows in 2011–12
The Video Room is dedicated to the latest developments in moving image and new media
The 2nd edition of The Asia Pacific Photography Prize will be awarded by an international jury of photographers, editors, curators and critics
Pillow Talks is a new series of intimate conversations among artists, critics, curators, and collectors friends

The fair is complemented by Shanghai in Art, a full VIP program and a series of activities and events organized by the city’s leading galleries, museums and cultural institutions.

The 2011 edition saw the return of most of the leading Chinese galleries, a significant growth in sales and a renewed energy with the participation of 90 exhibitors, over 30 private museums and institutions, 500 invited collectors and 35.000 visitors. The selection of established and emerging Asian and Western galleries included, among others, 01100001, Aike-Dell’arco, Art Seasons, Aura, Beijing Art Now, Beijing Commune, Boers-Li, C-Space, Galleria Continua, Eigen+Art, Greenaway Art Gallery, James Cohan, Lin & Lin, Long March, M97, Nature Morte, Pearl Lam Galleries, Pékin Fine Arts, Red Gate, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghart, Star Gallery, Tang Contemporary, The Pace Gallery Beijing, Tina Keng, Triumph Art Space, Vanguard, and White Space.

SH Contemporary is organized by BolognaFiere China Ltd., a BolognaFiere Group company, in cooperation with Shanghai International Cultural Communication Association (SICCA), Shanghai Art Fair Organization Committee and Eastern Shanghai International Culture Film & Television Group. BolognaFiere Group is one of Europe’s leading fair organizers and experts in large-scale exclusive lifestyle fairs. Headquartered in Bologna, Italy, it has branches in the U.S., Russia and China, where it has become one of the main foreign trade show organizers.

Arthub Asia is a curatorial network led by Davide Quadrio, Defne Ayas (co-director, and director of Witte de With – Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, NL) and Qiu Zhijie (co-director, artist, and curator of the forthcoming 9th Shanghai Biennale).

The Creative India Foundation was launched in August 2010 in order to advance and establish India’s first international sculpture park. To that end, it has been funding Indian sculptors to create new commissioned works, attend international residency programs and to be a part of international exhibitions.

For more information, please visit:

If you would like to discuss your participation to SH Contemporary 2012 please contact fair director Massimo Torrigiani at

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