6 Shanghai Art Exhibitions to Check Out This Weekend

By Bryan Grogan, May 10, 2019

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

To Make a Good Chair – Cui Jie Solo Exhibition

Image via ANTENNASPACE天线空间/WeChat

Taking the challenge, ‘to create a good chair,’ as her starting point, Cui Jie here explores the relationship between the human body, architecture and the chair. While we might take this everyday piece of furniture for granted, for many the chair has been presented as a semiotic conundrum, something to be thought and talked about, to visualize and deconstruct in many ways. Here, we get a piece of Cui Jie’s interpretation of what the chair symbolizes.  

Until May 15, Antenna Space.

Earth in My Hands, Fire in My Heart – Liu Xi Solo Exhibition

Image courtesy of the promotor

The explosive, thought-provoking work of young sculptor Liu Xi summons ideas of female sexuality, attempting to lay bare the female body so as to cause new interpretations of what sex means. The artist elsewhere uses her unique sculptural forms to provoke conversations about human relationships, as well as the purifying nature of struggle and pain. 

Until June 2, Art+.

Wild State – Chen Duxi Solo Exhibition

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Taking inspiration from the practice of mountaineering, which has been a personal hobby of Chen Duxi’s for some time now, the artist presents this solo exhibition which will feature nine pieces made with mineral pigment on silk, attempting to convey the larger questions and ideas that his outdoor exploits and his experiences in nature have given rise to. 

Until June 16, Gallery 55

An ID – A'A'A'JIAO Solo Exhibition

Image via HOW昊美术馆/WeChat

A'A'A'JIAO takes internet typeset as the starting point in this solo exhibition, which is part of the How Now series of exhibitions by young artists. By presenting life on the internet as the starting point in this exhibition, the artist argues about our independence and freedom in the modern age, as computers and technology continue to change the way our minds work and the way our ability to change things in our lives is restricted as a result of continued and seemingly constrictive technological development. 

Until July 14, How Art Museum

Love is a Metaphysical Gravity

Image via Lisson Gallery

Closing this weekend, this exhibition borrows a quote from American architect and theorist Buckminster Fuller for its title and 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.

Earthbound Cosmology – Liu Chuang Solo Show

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Also closing this weekend, 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

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[Cover image via ANTENNASPACE天线空间/WeChat]

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