An exhibition of the famous The Young Companion magazine gives visitors a glimpse into pop culture in Shanghai from the 1920s to the 40s, which is still considered fashionable in the modern era.
The Young Companion, known in Chinese as “Liangyu”, was an illustrated book with captions in both Chinese and English. It was first published in Shanghai in 1926, and issued 174 editions before it was discontinued in 1945.
It was known as “a visual shortcut to ‘old Shanghai'”, running a mix of content including photography, art, literature and sports.
The exhibition at INLET in Hongkou District – where the magazine was born – consists of three parts: Female Charm, China’s Birthplace of Film, and Modern Culture on Sichuan Road en.
The magazine was known for its cover girls, which highlighted their dynamism and independence. They dressed beautifully, not to attract men, but to live their lives and do what they liked.
The exhibition will run till June 11 with free entry. The curators will invite renowned writers and scholars such as Chen Danian, Chen Zishan and Mao Xian to share their impressions about Sun Mengjin magazine and Shanghai culture.Exhibition Information:
Date: June 11, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Inlet Lane 8 Jinchao
Address: Intersection of Sichuan Road N and Wujin Road