6 Shanghai Art Exhibitions to Check Out This Weekend

By That's Shanghai, May 3, 2019

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


Zhang Enli and Oscar Murillo: Concurrent Solo Shows

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Image courtesy of K11

K11 is running two consurrent solo shows for Chinese artist Zhange Enli and the Colombian painter and installation artist Oscar Murillo (who was shortlisted for the Turner Prize this year). A ticket gets you entry to both immersive exhibitions, where you can see how both artists have transformed the space through different creative measures.

Until May 31, chi K11 art museum.


Asymmetric Archaeology : Gazing Machines: Quayola Solo Exhibition

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This large scale solo exhibition at HOW is the first in China for Italian artist Quayola. Ranging from digital print and video to digital sculpture and robotic installation, Quayola appeals to tradiitonal styles and machines for fabrication, forging a timeline that reconciles and embraces the conflicts of the two very different eras. In a tech-forward, vaporwavey artificial landscape, you can explore this recontextualization of traditional art history.

Until Jun 2, HOW Art Museum.


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

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Image courtesy of the promoter

This newly opened 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.

Until Jul 28, Power Station of Art.


To Satiate: Shen Xin

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Image courtesy of MadeIn Gallery

Closing this weekend, the Amsterdam-based artist Shen Xin taked inspiration from the post-Structuralists, exploring 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 5, MadeIn Gallery.


The World of Saha: Yu Hong Solo Exhibition

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Image courtesy of the promoter

Also closing this weeked this weekend, the Long Museum presents one of China’s most celebrated female artists, Yu Hong with an extensive survey of her work, The World of Saha, curated by Jérôme Sans. This exhibition shows how Yu Hong reconstructs personal and socio-historical memories through photography and then through the medium of oil painting, tracing the harrowing history of China’s last 30 years and the country’s transition from a Communist society to a detached one in a fast-growing and globalized world. Mixing realism and magical elements into her brushstrokes, she divides her recollections into four different acts that creatively fuse different perceptions of time, memories and the development of emotional states within her personal inner world. 

Until May 5, Long Museum West Bund


Sans Soleil

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Image via Edoard Malingue Gallery

Taking its name from Chris Marker’s seminal documentary on the human experience of memory, this is your last chance to catch the exhibition that 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.


[Cover photo courtesy of HOW Art Museum]


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