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September 05, 2007 18:00 – 22:00 Preview / Opening September 06 - 09, 2007 10:00 – 18:00 Expo days

ShContemporary 2007 - A new match point for the art scene comes from Asia. The art world has a new destination on its 2007 agenda. ShContemporary the new Asian Pacific contemporary art fair, represents a unique opportunity for the global art market. It will inaugurate the first edition in Shanghai from 6th to 9th September 2007.

Created by a strong partnership of three leading experts in the field: Lorenzo A. Rudolf, former director of Art Basel, Pierre Huber, well known Swiss art dealer and collector, and BolognaFiere Spa, presided by Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, and organized in cooperation with the city of Shanghai, ShContemporary promises to open new doors for top international galleries and collectors in one of the most important future markets.

ShContemporary will be held at the Shanghai Exhibition Center, located in the centre of the city. Shanghai, designated the traditional gate to China, has been chosen due to its main role as the economic, lifestyle and cultural core of the Asian Pacific area.

ShContemporary will become a destination among the elite of the world’s art collectors - providing a new territory of discovery for them - as well as offering a point of encounter for potentially new collectors, the leading future Asian generation. The skyline of Shanghai will be drawn by a creative artistic choreography of parallel events running during the art fair. Visitors will be involved in the innovative experience of this new dynamic cultural milieu.


The Event

ShContemporary will define a new approach to art into a real structural relationship between the local context and the international market.

The combination of explosive growth among the wealthy Asian upper and middle class and the recent trends towards Asian contemporary art (Japan, China, India, etc.) have created a market searching for development and enlargement of offer within the Asian Pacific geographical area.

ShContemporary aims to create a key opportunity for networking the best galleries, dealers, artists, collectors, professionals and art enthusiasts in the Asian Pacific and the top international areas as well as developing and stimulating existing and emerging markets, enabling new interaction and exchange between the Asian and the Western art scene.

ShContemporary deliberately focuses on high quality and exclusivity. The high quality of the artists and the art works presented, selected on the basis of excellent creative quality that goes beyond fashion and market trends. The exclusivity of a fair with participation based upon invitation only, as well as with a limited number; maximum 120 selected exhibiting galleries and art dealers from the Asian Pacific area (50% to 60%) and from Europe and America (40% to 50%).

ShContemporary promises to open new doors: for international galleries and collectors to one of the most important future markets and vice-versa for Asian Pacific galleries and collectors to the international market. The fair will become a destination among the elite of the world’s art collectors - providing a new territory of discovery for them – as well as offering a point of encounter for potentially new collectors, the leading future Asian generation. A special program for art collectors and VIPs will be scheduled during the fair.

The prime focus of ShContemporary is the exhibiting artists and their works. Therefore, alongside the selected artists presented by the invited Asian Pacific and international galleries and art dealers ( Best of Galleries), two special platforms curated by Pierre Huber will give a very special focus on this matter:

Best of Artists will show some of the most important contemporary artists, mainly from the Asian Pacific area, with special presentations and projects created exclusively for the fair.

Best of Discovery will give emerging Asian Pacific artists to show their work to the international art scene for the first time. This unusual contemporary art fair experience will be the result of an accurate research project throughout the Asian Pacific area, gathering a new generation of artists into the realm of global contemporary art system, exploring different issues and themes.

ShContemporary | Organised by: BF China Fairs S.r.l.


Best of Artists

The exhibition organizer’s role is central in the context of a new Asian art show, which itself is essential to revitalizing the many events of this type already in existence. So what is needed here is a new vision. A show is the place where the galleries come to meet their public and their collectors. It is also the place where the exhibition organizer’s role can reach its full potential and break away from being limited only to the constraints and esthetic choices of the market. The market’s role is to pass along the work developed by the galleries and the shows. That being the case, the organizer’s role is to define a sphere of activity that is broader from a historical perspective, in order to develop a kind of thought that is more general yet at the same time more in-depth, by demanding a certain amount of independence from established values. As a step in this direction, Best of Artists will introduce artists whose visions and discourse are of historic significance. The works will be selected outside of the race to acquire the best-sellers on the “art of the moment” market. Yet it is not a question of going against the market, but rather of defending artistic discourse from the pressure of popularity alone, of helping to broaden the scope of understanding for art today, by gaining some distance from prior experience and preconceived notions. Because in art, nothing is ever permanent. With this section, we intend—while respecting the market—to defend the point of view according to which exhibition organizers and gallery owners should serve a certain moral obligation, a certain position with regard to art, and stand up for artists of every generation, even if they are not yet at the forefront of the market, by offering them a forum. Besides, this is a way to breathe new life into the market. In other words, a commercial art show, the goal of which is to develop a new market in keeping with universal understanding and high artistic quality.

Pierre Huber


10 Chancery Lane, Hong Kong Aizpuru, Madrid/Sevilla Albion, London Arndt & Partner, Berlin/Zurich/NY Aura Gallery, Shanghai B21 Progressive Art, Dubai Bhak, Seoul Baronian Francey, Brussels Bastien, Brussels Beijing Art Now, Beijing Benamou, Paris Bernier/Eliades, Athens Blum, NY BND, Milano Bodhi Art, Delhi/NY/Mumbai/Singapore Brito Cimino, Sao Paolo B.T.A.P. Beijing Tokyo Art Projects, Beijing Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai Chinese Contemporary, Beijing La Città, Verona Cobo, Madrid Cohan, NY Continua, San Gimignano/Beijing Contrasts, Shangha/Beijingi Court Yard, Beijing CRG, NY Crousel, Paris Erben, NY Eslite, Taipei Espacio Minimo, Madrid Faurschou, Kopenhagen/Beijing Godin, Paris Grand Siècle, Taipei Greve, Cologne/St. Moritz/Paris/Milano Guerra, Lisabon Guerrero, Mexico City Hakgojae, Seoul Hanart TZ, Hong Kong Hecey, Brussels Hussenot, Paris Hyundai, Seoul Janssen, Gologne/Berlin Julie M., Tel Aviv Krinzinger, Vienna Kukje, Seoul Lambert, Paris/NY Langgeng, Jawa Tengah Gebr. Lehmann, Dresden Lin & Keng, Taipei Linder, Basel Lorenzo Soledad, Madrid Main Trend, Taipei Marella, Milano/Beijing Marlborough, NY/London Mayer, Duesseldorf Meile, Beijing/Lucerne MEM, Osaka Mizuma, Tokyo Mueller, Zurich Nagel, Berlin/Cologne Nanzuka Underground, Tokyo Nature Morte, Delhi Navarra, Paris Neuhoff, NY de Noirmont, Paris Obadia, Paris Ochs, Berlin/Beijing Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo Park Ryu Sook, Seoul Persano, Torino PKM, Seoul Poggiali e Forconi, Firenze Pestorious, Brisbane Protech, NY de Pury & Luxembourg, Zurich Red Bridge, Shanghai Roentgenwerke, Tokyo Sakshi, Mumbai SCAI the Bathhouse, Tokyo Schultz, Berlin von Senger, Zurich Shanghai Yibo, Shanghai ShanghART, Shanghai de Sierra, Madrid Simoens, Knokke SKE, Bangalore SOKA Contemporary Art Space, Beijing/Tainan Star Gallery, Beijing STPI, Singapore Sun Contemporary, Seoul Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing/Bangkok Templon, Paris Tilton, NY TS1 Contemporary Art, Beijing Universal Studios, Beijing Vallois, Paris de Villepoix, Paris Walsh, Chicago Xin Dong Cheng, Beijing/Paris

ShContemporary 2007
The new match point for the art scene comes from Asia
Künstlerischer Direktor: Pierre Huber

"Best of Artists"
Kurator: Pierre Huber
mit Fang Lijun, Lu Hao, Zhou Tiehai, Wang Guangyi, Yue Minjun ...