Shanghai Beat: The Dynamism of the Contemporary Art Scene in Shanghai

Shanghai Beat:
The Dynamism of the Contemporary Art Scene in Shanghai

September 22 – November 25, 2018

Shanghai, China’s leading financial center. In recent years, due in part to the local government’s push for urban planning, there has been an increase in art-related facilities and other events on the former site of the Shanghai World Expo, and a succession of lively and vigorous cultural activities that surpass those in the capital of Beijing. Needless to say, there are international events such as the Shanghai Biennale, large-scale art fairs, and an endless array of exhibitions held at numerous galleries and museums. In addition, there is a lively art scene extending throughout the city, such experimental exhibitions and other activities held on an everyday basis in a variety of ordinary spaces including commercial facilities.

This exhibition introduces a total of 13 individuals and groups, ranging from masters who played historically significant roles in the formation of the current art scene in Shanghai to a new generation of young artists, including some whose work has never been shown in Japan. We trust that these numerous highly stimulating works, including everything from the exceptionally large three-dimensional piece to new media works made with cutting-edge technology, will give you a taste of the feverish art scene in our rapidly changing neighbor to the west. It is our hope that this exhibition will enable viewers to encounter present-day Asia while also enhancing interest and understanding, and that it might also lead to an even closer relationship between our countries in the future.


Dai Jianyong〔戴建勇〕/Guo Cheng〔郭城〕/Lu Yang〔陸揚〕/Miao Ying〔苗穎〕/Xiao Longhua〔小龍花〕/XU ZHEN®〔徐震®〕/Yu Youhan〔余友涵〕/Yang Fudong〔楊福東〕/Yang Yongliang〔楊泳梁〕/Yang Zhenzhong〔楊振中〕/Zhang Huan〔張洹〕/Zhang Peili〔張培力〕/Radical Space〔激烈空間〕


  • Yang Yongliang
    《Journey to the Dark》2017, 3 channel 4K video
    • Zhang Huan
      《Q Confucius No.2》2011,
      silicone, steel, carbon fibre, acrylic
      © Zhang Huan Studio All Rights Reserved
    • Lu Yang
      《Material World Knight》2018, 3 channel video
      MPS-15sk"Multi": © IKEUCHI Hiroto
  • Yu Youhan
    《Abstract 1985-3》1985, canvas, acrylic
  • Yang Zhenzhong
    《Let's Puff》2002, 2 channel video installation
    Collection of the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
    Courtesy of Yang Zhenzhong and ShanghART Gallery
  • Yang Fudong
    《First Spring》2010, single channel film
    Courtesy of Yang Fudong and ShanghART Gallery
  • XU ZHEN®
    《Physique of Consciousness Museum》2013-,
    documents, installation (photographs, sapele wood, acrylic glass, glass)
  • Dai Jianyong
    《Three Decades: A Family》2018, family photo
  • Zhang Peili
    《Document on "Hygiene" No.3》1991, video
    Collection of the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
  • Miao Ying
    《Chinternet Plus》2016, website
    Courtesy of the artist and MadeIn Gallery
  • Guo Cheng
    《Still Life Mask series》2017, full color sandstone (3D printed)
  • Xiao Longhua
    《Large Migration》2016-, mixed materials
  • Radical Space
    《Radical Space project archive》2014-, video, poster

Exhibition Information


September 22 – November 25, 2018

Opening Hours:

10:00-20:00 (admission until 19:30)




Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto Gallery I, II


1000 (800) yen
Seniors (65 and over):
800 (600) yen
Students (the high school students and over):
500 (400) yen
Junior high school students or under:

*The admission given in parentheses are for advance tickets / group (20 or more) / with one-day ticket for tram or buss, etc.

Organized by:

Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto (Kumamoto City and Kumamoto Art and Culture Promotion Foundation), Kumamoto Nichinichi Press, TKU

Subsidied by:

Japan Arts Council, The Kao Foundation for Arts and Sciences

Under the auspices of:

Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto Prefectural Board of Education, Kumamoto City Board of Education, Kumamoto Ken Bunka Kyokai (Cultural Association of Kumamoto), Kumamoto Ken Bijutsuka Renmei (Artists' Union of Kumamoto), Kumamoto International Convention and Tourism Bureau, NHK Kumamoto, J:COM, FM-Kumamoto, FM791