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Art Lab (MOCA Shanghai)

People’s Square
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Address: Gate 7 Renmin Park, No.231 Nanjing West Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200003, China
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We stumbled upon this museum by coincidence as we were in the park on Saturday to witness the "wedding market" (very interesting). The building is quite unassuming but the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 January 2017
Maria E
Jakarta, Indonesia
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

We stumbled upon this museum by coincidence as we were in the park on Saturday to witness the "wedding market" (very interesting). The building is quite unassuming but the interior is, although small, surprising. With a sort of "Guggenheim" slope leading to the first floor. We were very lucky to be able to see the Shan Shui Within exhibition which... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

We were delighted to see the Shan Shui Within exhibition in this fine space that is located in the bucolic setting of the People’s Park. It comprised works by sixteen contemporary Chinese artists that meditated upon traditional societal aspects in tension within the accelerated transformation of Chinese life. Shan Shui invokes landscape, mountains and water and thus all these feature... More 

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Sarpsborg, Norway
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2016

The only reason I paid 50 RMB to enter is because I thought it was the real Shanghai Museum, so I was surprised that this looked like the office of an architect studio promoting their on design. This is the exebithion they are doing now and not worht the money for people who do not care too much for small... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2015

This 2 story museum is a nice building but not much to see inside, pretty small, the one cool thing was a big room with a film playing (in Chinese) with lots of bean bags to chill out and relax. Few paintings and installations and a swanky restaurant at the top but otherwise would save your money and just enjoy... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2014

We visited and saw the exhibition: "Shanghai Flower: Abstract Art by Li Lei." It was a lovely exhibit. Yes, it's not really a museum and much more of an art gallery. There was a great interactive exhibit designed for children but fun for adults as well! It's a small place but worth a visit! There's a student discount, which is... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

I wasn't particularly inspired to see a grande couturier exhibition - but I was very pleased to have made the effort after braving the rain in Peoples Square to locate this pretty and hard to find small modern building. The exhibition areas are quite intimate and yet the designers of the exhibition have made a triumph of the gallery spaces... More 

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Hoorn, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2013

Moca, a museum of contemporary Chinese art, is nicely situated in the Peoples Park. Moca is a museum with a lot of pretense and respect. We had been there once walked along without us had in mind that this was a museum. A very nice museum with surprising and beautiful art. Unfortunately it was exhibited limited in size and the... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2013

On the outside, the modern architecture and prime location in People's Park seemed to promise an interesting modern art collection, but once inside we found a surprisingly amateurish works--somewhat interesting, but not particularly engaging nor challenging. Maybe it's better to think of this space as a large gallery rather than a small museum--we assume the exhibits rotate, and the exhibit... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2012

This art gallery (It's not a museam) located in the People's park is a short walk from Shanghai Art Museam. My advise is to check who exhibits, but if you don't want to pay and go thru the gallery, don't miss the cafe on the top of the building (3F, it has an access from outside also). The cafe is... More 

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Pennsylvania, Usa
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2012

The MOCA Shanghai (aka Museum of Contempory Art) in Shanghai's Peoples' Park, was very disappointing especially after a visit to the nearby Shanghai Museum of Art. It is small and quickly visited. Perhaps had I visited during a different special exhibition, I would have enjoyed it more, but other than the building's construction, and one represented artist, it offered little... More 

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