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The inaugural edition of the Shanghai Project, Envision 2116, will launch the first of its two phases on September 4. Under the co-artistic directorship of Yongwoo Lee, Executive Director of Shanghai Himalayas Museum, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of Serpentine Galleries London, the first edition of Shanghai Project focuses on public engagement through event-based programming, as well as exhibitions, public works, an open call platform, a pop–up library, community participation programs and international conferences.



Rendering of Envision Pavilion, Fujimoto Architects, 2016


As one of the highlights of Phase 1, the Envision Pavilion, designed by Sou Fujimoto, will open to the public on September 4 at the Shanghai Himalayas Center. The structure, with a 670 square meter footprint, is a hybrid space composed of industrial scaffolding grids, glass and trees, combining notions of inside/outside, natural/man-made, organic/geometric and building/beyond-building. It serves as a symbolic center of the Shanghai Project. For the full duration of the Shanghai Project, the Envision Pavilion acts as a site for lectures, panels, workshops, seminars, performances and film screenings in the event space, as well as exhibitions in its gallery space and social gatherings in its café.



“I Brought Backup Copies of Myself Just in Case”, Slogans for the 22nd Century, Douglas Coupland


In the gallery space, the audience will encounter Cildo Meireles‘s installation Ku Kka Ka Kka as well as Xu Bing‘s work from his series Background Story, and Jenova Chen‘s video game, Journey. Further, the pavilion will host Landversation, a series of performances developed by Otobong Nkanga and her team. Also in the event space, visitors will find the “Shanghai Project Pop-Up Library of the Future,” launched in collaboration with the renowned Shanghai Jifeng Bookstore. Punctuating these spaces and events will be Douglas Coupland’s Slogans for the 22nd Century, materialized as a series of neon signs to be scattered throughout the pavilion.



Seed Planet / Childrens Pavilion (sketch), Liu Yi


As another focus of public engagement, Century Park will host Seed Planet, a public art project for children, designed and programmed by Liu Yi, and Shanghai Schlemmer, a new public work by Liam Gillick. Never far from the offline spaces of Century Park and the Himalayas Center, sustainability specialist Zhang Haimeng and his team have developed an online game, Fast-Forward Future, allowing mobile device users to invest in the composition of the future. Qidian (loosely translated as “starting point”), in partnership with 89plus, a long-term research platform co-founded by Simon Castets and Hans Ulrich Obrist, is an open call program designed to tap into the talent and interests of China’s new generation of researchers and creative practitioners born since 1990. The resulting exhibition in Zendai Zhujiajiao Art Museum looks toward the future through the eyes of China’s new generation of innovators.



Illustration of Shipeng Xus Qidian project proposal Plan for Landing


During the first weekend of September, the Shanghai Project celebrates the launch of Phase 1 with the opening of the Qidian exhibition (September 2); an international conference co-organized with the International Biennial Association in collaboration with Power Station of Art (September 3); the opening of a new architectural commission, Envision Pavilion, and the public art installations Seed Planet and Shanghai Schlemmer (September 4); and roundtable discussions (September 4).

On September 3 at the Power Station of Art, the public conference “Biennials in Transformation: Hybridization as New Challenge,” offers a day-long seminar with internationally known and respected scholars and biennial experts, including Gayatri Spivak, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Jens Hoffmann, Tan Boon Hui, Wang Chunchen, Alnoor Mitha, Sylvie Fortin, Sarah Wilson and Clive Adams, with moderation by Philip Tinari and Bige Örer.

On September 4, three roundtable discussions inaugurate the Envision Pavilion, with the first examining “Architecture Beyond Building” and featuring Dai Zhikang (Founder and Chairman of Zendai Group), Sou Fujimoto, Liu Yi, and Eva Franch i Gilabert, moderated by Yongwoo Lee; the second explores the “Ecology of Technology” and features Zhang Lei (CEO and Founder of Envision Energy), Anna Greenspan, Adrian Hon and Kevin Slavin, moderated by Hans Ulrich Obrist; the third looks into the researcher system of Shanghai Project titled “In Focus: Root Reseachers” and features Root Researcher Teams of Otobong Nkanga, Zhanghai Haimeng and Qiu Anxiong, moderated by Shi Hantao and Michelle Y. Hyun .

In November at Shanghai University, the international seminar “Shanghai Project Campus” will gather together scholars and students from leading universities such as Tokyo University of the Arts and the Shanghai University College of Fine Arts, together with Shanghai Project Researchers to discuss artistic responses to the challenges brought by science and technology, as well as the relation between art and sustainability.



Community Participation Program venue: M Space


Prior to the September 4 launch, the Shanghai Project initiated the “Community Participation Program” in July 2016 with “Small is Beautiful,” a series of events engaging local residents through programming in abandoned and disused spaces transformed by architect Yu Ting. The Community Participation Program will continue through the first phase of the Shanghai Project in collaboration with a variety of local architects, scholars, bookshops, libraries and colleges.

The Shanghai Project is a year-long multidisciplinary research platform instigating new dialogues by inviting practitioners from a variety of disciplines, including not only art, architecture, design, film, performance and sound, but also the humanities and social and natural sciences. The first edition of Shanghai Project is organized by the Shanghai Himalayas Museum and co-organized with the Shanghai International Culture Association, supported by two lead sponsors, Envision Energy and Zendai Group. It has partnered with Power Station of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai (MoCA, Shanghai), Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum, chi K11 art museum, Rockbund Art Museum, Yuz Museum and Aurora Museum, as well as West Bund Art & Design and PHOTOFAIRS | SHANGHAI for various collateral events and a shared Passport system.

Phase 2 of the Shanghai Project will commence this coming April, and will span a total of 100 days.



Shanghai Project | First Edition

Envision 2116

2016.9.4 -2017.7.30

Co-Artisitic Directors: Yongwoo Lee, Hans Ulrich Obrist

Phase 1, 2016.9.5-2017.4


Jenova Chen, Douglas Coupland, Sou Fujimoto, Liam Gillick, Liu Yi, Cildo Meireles, Otobong Nkanga, Xu Bing, Yu Ting, Zhang Haimeng

Qidian x 89plus:

Feng Bingyi, Hu Wei, Hu Weiyi, Huang Jingying, Huang Lewei, Lin Lifeng, Luo Wei, Wang Wenjia , Wang Zi, Xu Shipeng, Display Distribute, Zhou Kai;
 Sarah Abu Abdallah, Alessandro Bava, Alex Mackin Dolan, Valia Fetisov Max Hawkins, Ho Rui An, Tabita Rezaire, Bogosi Sekhukhuni, Philipp Timischl, Zou Zhao, Bruno Zhu


Envision Pavilion | Shanghai Himalayas Center, No. 869 Yinghua Road, Pudong District, Shanghai, China (2016.9.4-2017.7.30) 

Century Park | No.1001 Jinxiu Road, Pudong District, Shanghai, China (2016.9.4-2016.11.13) 

Zendai Zhujiajiao Art Museum | No. 222 North Street, Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, Qingpu District, Shanghai, China (2016.9.3-2016.11.13) 

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  • Notice of Temporary Close

  • SHM Notice about the Mid-Autumn Festival


    SHM will remain open during the Mid-Autumn Festival(Sep.13th-15th),you are very welcome to the exihibition.Wish you a happy Festival!
  • SHM Notice about the Dragon Boat Festival holiday

  • Opening Hours Adjustment

    Due to the maintenance of art works and facilities, the visiting hours of exhibition Blissful Land: Into the Depth of Statues & Murals will be adjusted (since March 12, 2018) as follow: 10:00 - 18:00, Tuesday to Sunday (last admission: 17:00) ; closed on every Monday.

    Please alternate your visit time accordingly and we sincerely hope you have a good time during your visit! 


    Shanghai Himalayas Museum

    March 5, 2018

  • Opening Hours During the Spring Festival 2018

    Shanghai Himalayas Museum will be temporarily closed from 15th February to 16th February, and reopen at its usual time on 17th February.

    Festival Tickets are required during 17th February to 21st February, please go to the ticket office to get more information.

    Happy Chinese New Year!

  • Notice of Temporary Closure on 15th January, 2018

    “Miracle: The Bellini Family and the Renaissance” has been increasingly popular since its opening on September. To maintain the exhibits and provide a better visiting experience for the audience, Shanghai Himalayas Museum will be temporarily closed at 15th January, 2018. Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

  • Notice of Temporary Closure

    Shanghai Himalayas Museum will be temporarily closed at 1:00 pm-6:00 pm from 19th January 2018 to 21st January 2018, please pay attention to alternate your visit time if necessary. Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.
  • Exhibition Extends

    In response to popular demands from the public, CURRENT: Contemporary Art from Scotland Phase Three exhibition will be extended to 14th November, 2017. During this period, a workshop will be held at Shanghai Himalayas Museum, to help visitors gain a better understanding of the distinctiveness of contemporary art made in Scotland, its grass-roots spirit and keen debates with the social dimensions of art and culture.

  • Opening Hours Adjustment

    Opening hours adjust as follow:

    Mondays to Sundays: 10:00am - 6:00pm

    Entering no later than 5:00 pm

  • Announcing 2016 Artists in Residence (Gwanju)

    Announcing the 2016 Himalayas x Gwangju Artists in Residence

    After a month-long open call for the Shanghai Himalayas Museum Artist-in-Residences 2016 Gwangju Program, we are pleased to announce that we have selected two gifted Chinese artists, Shanghai-based Xu Zhifeng and Beijing-based Xie Yi, from the 49 applications we received, to embark on a journey to Korea as this years artists in residence.

    Congratulations to the two artists and a warm thank-you to all the artists who applied for the open call.



    1983 born Xu Zhifeng is an interdisciplinary artist based in Shanghai and holds a bachelor of architecture from the College of Fine Arts of Shanghai University.

    Past Works

    Mega Sim Card 
    Spray Paint on Concrete


    Mixed Media/



    Look Through ME
    Mixed Media/Photography


    XIE YI

    1984 born Xie Yi received his BFA and MFA in Sculpture from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. He is currently based in Beijing.

    Past Works

    Two Classic Works

    Snake and Women


    Snake and Women

    "La Chair" Exhibition

    2016, Shanghai

    Since 2014, Shanghai Himalayas Art Museum has established the long-term strategic collaborative relationship with the Gwangju Museum of Art. Gwangju Museum of Art has recommended many Korean artists to the Shanghai programme, such as Lee Jeong Lok, Kim Dong A, Li Shixuan, Zheng Guangxi, Sobin Park, Ryu Eun, etc. We have also recommended many Chinese artists to Korea, such as Guan Huaibin, Zhang Aidong, You Si, Zhang Qiushi, Zhan Jia, Hu Jiayi, Zhao Jingyan, and Zheng Haozhong.

    On the occasion of Gwangju Biennial and SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul, the museum will provide 3 months of exchange programme this year for the young artists in China during late August to mid-November.

  • Exhibition will open until 8 pm on weekend

    Updated Opening Hours for Dunhuang - Song Of Living Beings


    Closed on Mondays

    Open until 9pm on Wednesdays & 8pm on Saturdays and Sundays

    Exhibition Dates:

    November 29, 2015 - March 20, 2016 

  • Extension visiting hours for Mar.5-6

    The museum will open till 8 pm for this weekend, March 5 and March 6.

    Last admission at 7:30 pm

    Thank you for your support and enjoy the show.

    Shanghai Himalayas Museum 

  • Opening Hours during Spring Fesitival

    Opening Hours & dates during Spring Fesitival

    (Feb.7- Feb. 13)


    Closed on Monday (Feb.8),

    Open until 9:00 pm on Wednesday (Feb.10)

    Wish you a happy Chinese New Year.

  • Grotto No.275 will leave Shanghai on Jan.4, 2016






  • pre-registration for free Dunhuang Tickets

    We are delighted to inform you that your pre-registration online or via email makes you eligible to receive a free gift at the "Nihao Shanghai!” Conference on December 12-13th at Pudong Library. Not only can you enjoy the presentations of famous visual artists, curators, and architects, but you can also win tickets to the exhibitionDunhuang: Song of Living Beings or even a 1 year membership to the Shanghai Himalayas Museum!

    In order to win two free tickets to seeDunhuang: Song of Living Beings you must fulfil these requirements:

    Pre-register for the conference online or through email.

    Attend the conferences full day schedule (both morning and afternoon sessions) on either Saturday December 12th or Sunday 13th.

    If you attend both days for both morning and afternoon sessions, you are eligible to collect two pairs of two free tickets to visit Dunhuang: Song of Living Beings or exchange the 4 tickets for a 1 year membership to the Shanghai Himalayas Museum which includes benefits such as:

    Free admission for a year

    Catalogue with 30% off (one for each )

    VIP invitation of opening ceremonies

    20% off for Education Events/Courses (pre booking request)

    Guided Tour for members (except external guide tour)

    Latest information of exhibitions and activities

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    With our Best Regards,

    Shanghai Project

    Information about  "Nihao Shanghai!” Conference:


  • Wednesday Revolution|update of opening hours

    Update of opening hours:

    10:00-18:00 (Last admission 17:30)

    Closed on Monday, Extand to 21:00 on Wednesdays.

    December 7, 2015

  • Guided Tours of Dunhuang

    Guided tours led by the docent team from Dunhuang Academy will be given on a regular basis from 11:00 to 16:00. Guided tours in Japanese, German, French, Korean and English are also available upon reservation. In the meantime, specially-designed pamphlets and guided tours for kids will also be arranged to make the exhibition more enjoyable both to adults and kids.

    For reservation: 021-50339801-2032

    * Reservation must be made 1 week in advance. 

  • Visiting Architecture for Dogs


    Adult:¥ 100 

    Student: ¥ 50

    Group (8+): ¥ 80/person

    Opening Times: 10:00-18:00 Monday-Sunday

    * Small dogs could be carried into the museum

    more about the exhibition 

  • Notification of temporary closure

    Due to special activities, the museum will be closed at 16:00 today.

    We apologize for any inconvenience.

    Thank you for your cooperation.

    Shanghai Himalayas Museum


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