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Shanghai Century : Shanghai Spirit


Shanghai Century: Shanghai Spirit, celebrates the dynamic spirit of Shanghai – China’s gateway to the world. Featuring images from the photobook Shanghai: A History in Photographs, 1840 to Today (by Liu Heung Shing and Karen Smith, 2010), the exhibition presents a great diversity of photographic viewpoints of life in the buzzing metropolis, from the humble to the elegant, from the intimacy of the lilongs, to the grandeur of its public facades.

A new series of images, including a brand new commission of photographs by Liu Heung Shing, bring this portrait of a city up-to-date, further highlighting its remarkable transformation over the centuries and its current status as a global hub for finance, industry, fashion, and culture.

The exhibition marks Porsche’s 20th anniversary in China and is curated by Liu Heung Shing, Founder and Director of Shanghai Center of Photography and Karen Smith Artistic Director of Shanghai Centre of Photography and Director of OCAT Xi’an.

Liu Heung Shing and Karen Smith said : “The arts are one of the means by which the world now comes to Shanghai. We feel privileged to be invited to work with Porsche to present ‘Shanghai Century: Shanghai Spirit’ and in celebration of its dynamic host city. Shanghai has a long and rich history, evidenced in its European architecture and leafy shaded boulevards, and the major events that have shaped its perimeters and urban center, forging its distinctive cultural identity. We hope that local audiences will be as delighted by this display of images of their city as we were in having the opportunity to search them out and bring them together.”



3-6 November 2021

Shanghai Exhibition Center



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