11 Shanghai Art Exhibitions to Check Out This Month

By Josh Parker, September 8, 2017

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That's Shanghai takes a look at the best art exhibitions of the month:


PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai

PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai

Maturing into its fourth year, PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai returns to stake its claim as one of the largest photography art fairs in China. Works at the show will be representing 14 countries from across 40 galleries during the expo, with photographers such as Richard Misrach, Jeff Brouws and Paulette Tavormina having their work displayed for the first time in China.

Sep 8-10, 11am-6pm. Shanghai Exhibition Center, see event listing.


PSA Collection Series: Li Chan

PSA Collection Series: Li Chan

Combining his love of art and bio-science, Li Shan's work explores the equality and uniformity between different life forms and species. Collected in this exhibit are plans, sketches, drawings and documents as well as two pieces on display which feature two living organisms!

Until Nov 26. Power Station of Art.


Celebrating Habitat - The Real, The Virtual & The Imaginary

Celebrating Habitat - The Real, The Virtual & The Imaginary

Power Station hosts this innovative solo exhibit from acclaimed Indian architect and urban planner Balkrishna Doshi. The show offers a selection of works from his 62-year career, including public housing, educational institutions and furniture design, all of which are vibrant and experimental.  

Until Oct 29, Power Station of Art, see event listing.


1927-2017: 90th Anniversary of Army Day

1927-2017: 90th Anniversary of Army Day

To mark the 90th anniversary of Army Day, the Long Museum will be showcasing a collection of paintings reflecting a revoluntionary theme that pervaded the events started by the Nanchang Uprising.

Until Jan 31 2018, Long Museum.


Christmas Island, Naturally

Christmas Island, Naturally

Existing within a space somewhere between reality and fantasy, Robert Zhao Renhui's Christmas Island, Naturally presents the Singaporean artist's take on the many facets behind the relationship between humans and animals. Originally commissioned for the 2016 Sydney Biennale, this is the first time this series will be exhibited in China.

Sep 3-Nov 19. ShanghArt Gallery, see event listing.


Still Moving

Still Moving

From September 9, the first ever showing in Asia by acclaimed British sculptor Antony Gormley takes place at the Long Museum. Centering around Critical Mass II, the collection finds 60 life-sized iron body casts in various framings that interogates each body as a conduit of our deepest thoughts, feelings, dreams, fears and other characteristics that make us human.

Sep 9-26 Nov. Long Museum.


From Lack to Light

From Lack to Light

Questioning time and the way in which it is individually experienced, Tang Chao's exhibition consists of three different video pieces of daily life as the concept of time is obscured and rearranged in search of new meaning.

Sep 6-Oct 29. Vanguard Gallery, see event listing.


Breath

Breath

Abound with hand-molded mundane objects extracted from their usual settings, Su Chang's latest body of work concerns the reconstruction of these objects' essence, echoing the "internal human lifeblood."

Sep 9-15 Oct. Aike-Dellarco.


MUSE: Zhang Haier

MUSE: Zhang Haier

Collecting familiar as well as unseen works, MUSE showcases a career-spanning plethora of Zhang Haier's photography which largely details the female form - namely his wife, Hu Yuanli. Often the muse from which the exhibition's title derives (although not solely), selected photographs explore the couples' experiments with portraiture as well as the female figure and its subjects' femininity.

Sep 6-Oct 29. Shanghai Center of Photography, see event listing.


Sonsara

Sonsara

Celeste Bousier-Mougenot's new exhibition contemplates the essense of life in both a fleeting individual human way as well as an overarching force that governs our world and its other inhabitants. Six large installations combine sounds and images in a way that offers an immersive experience for audiences to interact with the environment before them as well as the gallery space they currently exist within.

Until Nov 12 (every day except Mondays). Minsheng Art Museum, see event listing.


Studio

Studio

Offering an insight into the working conditions of 12 of China's most prominent contemporary artists, this exhibition presents the studios of each of these creators, allowing a glimpse at the working environments which house these innovators.

Sep 8-21 Oct. Qiao Space.


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