6 Shanghai Art Exhibitions to Check Out This Weekend

By Sarah Forman and James Farquharson, April 12, 2019

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That's Shanghai takes a look at the best art exhibitions up this week:

Four Squared Plus One

Photo courtesy of Art Labor Gallery

The Art Labor gallery invites five artists – John Monteith, Zhou Fan, Lu Xinjian, Mark Standing and Jiang Zhenggen – to showcase art primarily handling the relationship between our interior and exterior environments. The international and Chinese artists explore the way our emotions shape our urban landscapes and vice versa. It focuses particularly on the way in which cities are built up in layers, both literally with architecture and metaphorically with emotional associations, and how that is a reflection of a culture's evolution over time.

Apr 14 - Jun 6, Art Labor Gallery.

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.

Sans Soleil

Image courtesy of Edoard Malingue Gallery

Taking its name from Chris Marker’s seminal documentary on the human experience of memory, this exhibition weaves together the works of its four artists to create a pictorial essay on fiction and subjectivity. The art pieces, with flashes of eccentricity and metaphor that hint at magical realism, read like a travelogue of the artists’ perceptions in a narrative that is left open for the gallery-goer to construct herself.

Until May 5, Edouard Malingue Gallery.


Flyer via Leo Gallery

Curated by the renowned art critic and curator Bao Dong, you've got one more day to check out this exhibition showcasing a series of architecture-related works that convey the Chinese philosophical term of the ‘superstructure’ and the corresponding ‘base’. Each uniquely captures the nine different artists’ perceptions of reality, logic and time whilst alluding to this concept as an ‘architectural metaphor'. Featured are installtionized geometric sculptures by Cai Lei and abstract and surrealist paintings by Huang Yishan, Zhou Qinshan and several others.

Until Apr 13, Leo Gallery Shanghai.

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

Photo courtesy of Art+ Shanghai Gallery

Another closing, 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.

Universe of Water Particles

Image via NetEase

The most anticipated exhibition is dubbed Universe of Water Particles in the Tank. The teamLab show at Tank No.5 features assorted paintings and immersive installations about water to articulate poetic and Zen themes.

Until Aug 24, TANK Shanghai.

[Cover photo via Edouard Malingue Gallery]

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