6 Shanghai Art Exhibitions to Check Out This Weekend

By Bryan Grogan, July 26, 2019

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

Playing Cards With Himself – Quan Hongyi Solo Exhibition

Image courtesy of Gallery 55

Opening this weekend, Gallery 55 present this solo exhibition comprising of 12 canvas works by Chinese artist Quan Hongyi. Born in Heilongjiang to the north, but now based in Shanghai, Quan's artwork focuses on questions of social and personal subjects, aiming as he works to find his own specified language of depiction. 

Until Aug 25, Gallery 55

Island of Immortality – Xu Bacheng Solo Exhibition

Image courtesy of Arario Gallery

Another exhibition opening this weekend, Xu Bacheng's work is vividly illusory, as he captures ideas and mirages in his paintings. The young artist depicts surreal scenes in his works, drenched in rich color and sharp lines, straddling the border line between dreams and realism fantastically. 

Until Oct 13, Arario Gallery

Los Angeles – Mark Bradford Solo Exhibition

Image courtesy of artist and Hauser & Wirth

Los Angeles artist Mark Bradford returns to Shanghai for another exquisite exhibition this weekend. Los Angeles is his largest China-based exhibition to date and explores the evolution of his work over the previous decade. This site-specific exhibition will see Bradford engage with the space offered up by Long Museum, bringing both painted works, and sculptural works for spectators to get a broad idea of his artistic practices. 

Until Oct 13, Long Museum

I Hear Your Dreams – Group Exhibition

Image courtesy of promoter

Opening this weekend, OCAT Shanghai invites five of Norway’s leading contemporary artists together for a group exhibition which aims to elucidate and investigate the nature of dreams, the subconscious and memories. While many great thinkers have dwelt on the significance of dreams, we are largely, as a society, still in the dark when it comes down to it. Video work stands alongside installation, as we are carried into a parallel universe where our dreams and deeper thoughts reside. 

Until Sep 8, OCAT Shanghai

Duet – A Tan Ping Retrospective

Image courtesy of artist and gallery

Opening this weekend, Yuz Museum in Xuhui presents significant works by one of the masters of Chinese abstract art, Tan Ping. Known for his ebullient printmaking and painting, Tan Ping present narratives within his abstract works, and has established his own idea of the form of the loosely held together form of abstraction. Over 40 prints, paintings, videos and on-site paintings will be present, bringing live to Tan Ping’s 35 years as an artist. The gallery will eschew chronological order in favor of ideas, linking artworks together in terms of cognitive relativity rather than the somewhat arbitrary connectivity that time offers us. 

Until Sep 22, Yuz Museum

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

Image courtesy of the promoter

Closing this weekend, this excellent exhibition 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.

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[Cover image courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth]

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