Shanghai’s edge – Suzanne Muchnic

From the Los Angeles Times:

Does anyone go to to see contemporary ? It isn’t even mentioned in standard tour books touting the Shanghai Museum‘s ancient bronzes, Pudong’s glittering skyline and shopping, shopping, shopping. For most visitors, the quintessential Shanghai experience is sipping a drink at a bar overlooking the frantic traffic along the Bund while watching fireworks frame the Oriental Pearl Tower ” the UFO-like spire that symbolizes the city’s ambitions ” after seeing a few sights and maxing out a credit card.

But the forces of growth that have filled Shanghai’s sky with construction cranes ” China’s national bird, in current parlance ” have sparked a profusion of nonprofit exhibition spaces and commercial galleries devoted to avant-garde art.

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