Chinese Collector Qiao Zhibing Shutters a Shanghai Art Space as the West Bund Faces Changes

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Qiao Space, a private art space in Shanghai founded by one of the leading contemporary art collectors in China, was closed and demolished this June as part of government redevelopment efforts in West Bund.

Qiao Space was founded in 2015 by Qiao Zhibing, who has appeared on the annual ARTnews Top 200 Collectors list each year since 2013. Qiao is also the founder of Tank Shanghai, a private museum that has welcomed international dignitaries and art world luminaries when they have visited Shanghai and the extended West Bund area.  

For the past decade, the West Bund has been known for its groundbreaking private museums, art galleries, and artists’ studios. ShanghArt, one of China’s earliest galleries for contemporary art, has been closed, as have Don Gallery, Aike Gallery, Part Group, and artist Ding Yi’s studio.

For now, Tank Shanghai is safe, since it is on the other side of the road (near the Huangpu River) and has a relatively long-term agreement with government-managed enterprises. That institution, along with two other private museums, the Long Museum and the Start Museum, as well as the West Bund Museum, form a “cultural corridor at a relatively minimal level,” according to industry insiders.


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Chinese Collector Qiao Zhibing Shutters a Shanghai Art Space as the West Bund Faces Changes