A newcomer to Shanghai’s art fair scene, Art in the City is shaping up to be an important event on the art calendar.
They’ve drafted in Shanghai-based Kokai Studios to create an immersive experience in K11’s basement whereby each of the fair’s sections will be themed around various aspects of the city.
Organised with backing from such snappily-named official departments such as Shanghai Municipality Huangpu District Propaganda Department, Shanghai Association of Social & Cultural Exchange and the Shanghai International Culture Association, the real litmus test for this event is going to be whether or not the government departments take a ‘hands-off’ approach.
Recent government-backed projects in Shanghai like The Power Station of Art prove this is possible, so we’re remaining hopeful. And while the organisers will naturally be hoping that there will be much handing over of red notes, with galleries such as Shanghai Gallery of Art, BANK and Aike-dellarco involved, as well as an accompanying series of lectures, conferences and roundtable discussions covering the Shanghai art scene, it’s looking likely that Art in the City will provide more than just another opportunity to separate people from their money.
The opening night of Art in the City takes place from 5-9pm on September 10, and is invitation only.