Hello Foodies! Let’s get prepared for what’s ahead of us and start our summer boogie. Here is a list of UnTour’s picks of top events in Shanghai in June.
Tue-Sun, 9.30am-6.30pm, Sat 27 May – Tue 27 Jun
Rm 105, Bldg 6, 50 Moganshan Lu, near Xi Suzhou Lu, Putuo district
Former Apple designer Ton Mak would often draw little cartoons and leave them on the desks of colleagues. That was the start of FLABJACKS, a community of chubby characters ‘full of love’. The works on display at UNDEF/NE are from Mak’s ‘FANANA’ series, a collection of cartoon bananas, taking the form of canvas prints and pen artworks. The result is a yellow banana wonderland on the second floor of the M50 coffee shop-cum-creative space. These happy-go-lucky bananas, in Mak’s words, ‘do what they want, and don’t care what anyone says about them.’
11am – 4pm, Sat 08 Apr – Sat 17 Jun (Every other Saturday)
No. 37, Lane 550 Shaanxi Nan Lu, near Shaoxing Lu, Xuhui district
Held on the first and third Saturdays of every month, this open-air market sells goods from around 30 artisan food and drink producers and lifestyle vendors. Regular products on offer include the likes of jam and preserved goods from Amelia’s, meats from Monster Steak butchery, Jonas Emil’s freshly roasted coffee, a load of cakes, European breads, wine and craft beers from Bottles XO and more. The market also has live music throughout the afternoon.
Ying Art Center , 97 Moganshan Lu
Hidden in the basement of Ying Art Center is artist Wang Chienyang’s Fantastic Color Bar. They transform the ordinarily dull room to capture the dazzling colors of the internet age. The vibrant setting makes the perfect spot for some WeChat selfies. Cue the crowds of young hipsters since its opening. Featuring photography inspired by Japanese Anime, and a unique presentation of over-sized children’s toys, Wang Chienyang’s show looks to comment on the modern imaginations of a generation of young artists.
Qiao Space , 2555 Longteng Avenue
Turtle, Lion and Bear is a 25-channel silent color video work created by artist He Xiangyu. The work is rooted in the artist’s interest in sensory perception, and raises broader questions regarding the notions of selfhood and identity.
Rockbund Art Museum , 20 Huqiu Lu
RAM hosts a monographic exhibition by leading avant-garde installation artist, Beijing-born Song Dong. In a show that transforms the entire building both inside and out, the museum presents some of the innovative artist’s best-known works and imposing installations.
* If you’ve got a free morning in Shanghai, check out our Hands-on Dumpling Delights tour – sampling all kinds of dumplings while strolling through the Former French Concession, you’ll leave very full with an excellent perception of what the local dining scene in Shanghai is all about.