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SHCONTEMPORARY, established in 2007, is becoming one of the biggest art fairs in Asia. This year nearly 100 galleries and organizations from around the world will take part in the event from September 9-12 at the Shanghai Exhibition Center.

The first two days, September 8 and 9, are VIP days for workshops involving curators, collectors and museum professions from Asia, Europe and the United States.

The exhibitions will be open to the public on September 11 and 12.

Last year during the economic downturn, there were only 68 participants, mostly art galleries around the world.

The conference organized by Hou Hanru on September 9 is titled: "Collecting Asian Contemporary Art: What, When and How?" It addresses museum and institutional collections.

Participants include Alexandra Munroe from the Solomon Guggenheim Museum in New York; Kathy Halbreich, vice director of MoMA in New York; and Uli Sigg, the world famous collector of Chinese contemporary art.

Also invited: Frances Morris, head of collections (International Art), Tate, London; Wang Huangsheng, director, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing; He Juxing, director, Mingsheng Art Museum, Shanghai; Tan Boon Hui, director, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore; Suhanya Raffel. head of Asian and Pacific Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Raiji Kuroda, chief curator, Fukuoka Art Musem, Fukuoka.

VIP days: September 9, 10, 11am-6pm, VIP invitation only

Public days: September 11, 12

Admission: 50 yuan

Shanghai Exhibition Cennter, 1000 Yan'an Road M

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