6 Shanghai Art Exhibitions to Check Out This Weekend

By Sarah Forman and James Farquharson, March 29, 2019

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That's Shanghai takes a look at the best exhibits on this week:

Wall Drawings: Sol Lewitt

View of the exhibition "Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawings" at Shanghai Perrotin, 2019
© 2018 The LeWitt Estate / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

As one of the foremost American conceptual and minimal artsist, this collection of seminal works is one not to be missed. LeWitt's wall drawings were originally conceived in the 1980s, and are painted directly onto the building's surface, making them replicable and raising questions about ownership, authenticity and multiplicity. This is the first exhibition of this type or work in China, so head down to the Bund to see how they've transformed the space.

Until May 25, Perrotin Gallery.

Core Sample: Leelee Chan Solo Exhibition

Photo courtesy of Capsule Shanghai

Hong Konger Leelee Chan actualizes sculptures from found objects, transforming industrial materials into engaging artworks. From discarded product waste like pink foam packaging blocks, to nuts and bolts, the collection of sculptures, paintings and collage works, the exhibition represents the last three years of Chan's development in a show exploring the interplay between closure and exposure - closing next week.

Until April 5, Capsule Shanghai.

To Satiate: Shen Xin

Image courtesy of MadeIn Gallery

See the full-on exhibition that's repping the gallery up in Hong Kong this weekend at Art Basel. Taking inspiration from the post-Structuralists, the Amsterdam-based artist Shen Xin explores the inconsistency of the human spirit through the tension between the individual and the collective, desire and inhibition, understanding and incomprehension. By narrating a text by the philosopher Zhuanzi in a polyphony of English, French and Chinese, or by showing lovers caught between their passion and the pressures of their society, the artist celebrates the human commitment to exploring different ways of being and construing the world.

Until May 05, MadeIn Gallery.

Parallel: Erwin Olaf

Photo courtesy of SCoP

Opening this weekend, SCoP presents nearly fifty photographs from the dynamic career of renowned Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf, covering the last 15 years of his creative work, with number of the works being shown in China for the first time. As one of the most important and influential photographers working in the Netherlands, his dark and visually striking images lean heavily on subtext and human emotion rathar than action and spectacle. 

Mar 2 - May 30, Shanghai Center of Photography.

Through the Maze: Navigating One Artist’s Path - Lee Shang Hwa Solo Exhibition

Photo courtesy of Art+ Shanghai Gallery

This is the young Korean artist Lee Shang Hwa’s first solo exhibition, presented at Art+ Shanghai Gallery. Through the Maze: Navigating One Artist’s Path displays a full spectrum of the Seoul-born artist’s creative expressions from his early career to the present day. Viewers are able to immerse themselves in the labyrinth-like aura of Lee Shang Hwa’s diversified oeuvre that is meant to convey a journey towards understanding the meaning of creative freedom. This includes works that incorporate real household items next to hyper-real renditions in oil, landscapes with surrealist isolated scenarios, meticulous color dot arrangements on jigsaw puzzle-shaped canvases and miniature watercolor drawings with misleading textual denominations.

Until April 14, Art + Shanghai Gallery.

If You Don't Use Your Eyes To See You Will Use Them To Cry: Tobias Rehberger

Photo courtesy of Rockbund Art Museum

The first solo show for the German artist, this multi-dimensional creation extends the possibilities of sculpture to design, architecture, conceptual art and many more. The exhibition will feature a number of new commissioned works and large-scale field installations tailored by the artist for RAM. By creating a dazzling array of objects and environments, Rebec continues to explore new forms of production technology and social intervention, tapping into how we interact with space and perceive the connection between everyday life and art. 

Until May 26, Rockbund Art Museum.

[Cover photo courtesy of Perrotin]

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