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Yangpu showcases the beauty of waterfronts

THE Shanghai Urban Space Art Season 2019 will offer free public admission from September 29 at a newly opened waterfront area in Yangpu District.

The exhibition is being organized by the Shanghai Urban Planning and Natural Resources Bureau, the Shanghai Administration of Culture and Tourism and the Yangpu District government.

The exhibition aims to highlight the global issue of how waterfronts can be revitalized, according to Fram Kitagawa, a Japanese artist and the exhibition’s curator.

Along with riverfront displays, art will be shown at Shanghai Shipyard, one of the city’s oldest shipyards, and a textile warehouse, as part of the two-month event.

The shipyard in the area is over 200 meters long, and will become a major exhibition space for the city.

The shipyard was established in 1900 by a German company to build shallow-water vessels, tow boats, ferries and cruise ships. The site became one of the largest shipyards in China in the 1930s and was named Shanghai Shipyard in 1985.

China’s icebreaker, Xuelong, was upgraded at the shipyard in November 2007.

The nearby Maoma Warehouse will open as the main indoor exhibition space. The warehouse was built in 1920 by a British textile company. It was later purchased by the state-owned Shenxin Textile Factory No. 7 and witnessed the rise and fall of the nation’s textile industry.

Since the first show in 2015, Shanghai’s urban space art seasons have been held at former industrial sites, including a renovated aircraft hanger and an old grain silo that was once the largest in Asia.

The exhibition will be free between 2pm and 8pm Tuesday to Friday and 10am to 8pm on weekends and holidays, through November 30. Rservation is required on the event’s official WeChat account.


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