What are the best art galleries in Shanghai?

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Sophie Friedman
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The Shanghai counterpart to Beijing’s 798 is M50, a strip of warehouses-cum-artists studios and galleries in the area north of Jing’an Temple. Beyond that, Shanghai is lucky enough to have galleries along the Bund and dotted throughout the former French Concession. You could easily spend a day gallery hopping and still only see a fraction of the exhibitions on regularly in Shanghai, but here’s a roundup of three of the city’s best galleries.

James Cohan Gallery
The space alone is superb; set down a quiet lane in the former French Concession, this Shanghai offshoot of the New York gallery of the same name sits inside an old house and is surrounded by a lovely garden. James Cohan Gallery showcases the work of Chinese artists, such as Shi Zhiying as well as well-known international artists like Fred Tomaselli.

m97 Gallery
m97, one of M50’s must-visit galleries, showcases photography from Chinese and well-known international artists. Much of the work is in black and white. Past exhibitors include Robert van der Hilst, Michael Wolf, and Chen Chunlin. 

Shanghai Gallery of Art
Inside Three on the Bund, home to the Shanghai outpost of Jean Georges, Shanghai Gallery of Art showcases works in an expansive, well-appointed space.  Its exhibitions are usually group shows and the sleek space allows artists to display large installation pieces and paintings that cover entire walls.

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