Shanghai’s largest 2021 art exhibition since its inception

The 11th Shanghai Art Exhibition, the largest since its inception in 2001, is taking place at the China Art Museum until January 5.

Held every two years, the event is widely recognized as one of the city’s most influential exhibitions. It aims to reflect the latest achievements of the local artistic community.

This year, the exhibition features 482 works of art selected from 1,973 entries, ranging from ink painting, canvas, printmaking, sculpture, watercolor and gouache to l installation, digital art and animation.

According to Ding She, general secretary of the Shanghai Artists Association, the theme of this year’s exhibition is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party.

“The Birth of Red” by Hong Jian, ink wash painting

“We want to reflect the openness and inclusiveness of this art platform,” Ding said. “This year, the exhibition has included a wider geographic scope, attracting more artists from the Yangtze River Delta. They cover nearly 25 percent of all artists in the exhibition.”

Shen Xuejiang, a seasoned printmaker, said, “New faces have appeared, and I am very interested to see works of art focusing on current life and society with a twist.”

Shanghai's largest 2021 art exhibition since its inception

“City without sleep” by Ni Wei, ink wash painting

Exhibition information:

Dates: until January 5
Location: China Art Museum

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