Postcard from Shanghai

From a full-scale biennale to retail galleries, here’s a rundown of the arts and cultural attractions in Shanghai.
Works shown as part of ‘LOEWE Crafted World’ at Shanghai Exhibition Centre. Ceramic chestnut roasters by Laia Arqueros. Photo: ArtsHub. A playful pair of ceramic chestnut roasters with eyes and a tongue poking out. It’s placed on a large exhibition platform alongside other objects on display.

14th Shanghai Biennale: Cosmos Cinema (9 November 2023 to 31 March 2024) was curated by e-flux co-founder and artist, Anton Vidokle, who took viewers deep into the abyss of cosmology and science, and their relationship (or tension) with humanity.

With pieces by over 80 artists working in China and internationally, the expansive showcase sought to examine the links between the cosmos and cinema as windows into a space/time that is beyond the real life experiences of most of us.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. She took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs and was the project manager of ArtsHub’s diverse writers initiative, Amplify Collective. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram @lleizy_