6 Shanghai Art Exhibitions to Check Out This Weekend

By Sarah Forman and James Farquharson, April 26, 2019

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That's Shanghai takes a look at the best exhibitions on this weekend:

The Challenging Souls: Yves Klein, Lee Ufan, Ding Yi

Image courtesy of the promoter

This exhibition opening this weekend at the Power Station brings together three formative figures in modern and contemporary art: French Yven Klein, South Korean Lee Ufan and Shanghainese Ding Yi. Under the guise of the "avant garde" it attempts to form a new, global narrative for the genre while showing an impressive range of work from all over the world. All three artists engage with ideas of minimalism through different representations in a grouping that we are actively and eagerly anticipating.

Arp 28 - Jul 28, Power Station of Art.

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.

The Mortals: Ouyang Chun Solo Show

Photo courtesy of ShanghART 

This conceptual, moving exhibition attempts to reclaim the memory of a group of people marginalized by society. The installation takes the form of items scavenged by the artist from the old resident buildings of the Xi’an Institute of Technology, set up in the 1960s by faculty members who had left Beijing due to political instability. The items of furniture and treasured possessions of the residents who lived in the now-demolished buildings largely speak for themselves, arranged artfully by Chun into an elegy to a group of isolated mortals that is simultaneously universal and specific.

Until April 28, ShanghART.

Love is a Metaphysical Gravity

Photo via Lisson Gallery

Borrowing for its title a quote from American architect and theorist Buckminster Fuller, this exhibition seeks to explore links between the physical and the mystical. The logic-defying emotion of love provides the starting point for the discussion between the works of Marina Abramović, Shirazeh Houshiary, Richard Long and Tatsuo Miyajima.

Until May 11, Lisson 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.

Earthbound Cosmology: Liu Chuang Solo Show

Photo courtesy of the promoter

Liu Chuang’s latest exhibition greets us in an era where humanity has become aware of its power to profoundly alter its environment, from the fiery infernos of oil spills to the surgical precision of CRISPR gene-editing. Through the interplay of videos and images of the natural environment with symbols of information technology such as bitcoin mines, Liu marks our transformation from a world in which we depended on the environment’s gifts to one in which we can make the environment do our bidding and even simulate our own. Guaranteed to be thought-provoking.

Until May 12, Qiao Space.

[Cover photo via Power Station of Art]

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