6 Shanghai Art Exhibitions to Check Out This Weekend

By That's Shanghai, August 2, 2019

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


Chalkroom (La Camera Insabbiata) – Laurie Anderson x Hsin-Chien Huang

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Opening on Saturday, August 3, and combining the unique skillsets of two very different artists from opposite ends of the globe, Chalkroom brings together New York performance artist and avant garde musician Laurie Anderson and Taiwan new media artist Hsin-Chien Huang for a virtual reality experience, blending together art and technology. The chalk mentioned in the name of this immersive exhibition gives reference to a blackboard, where images and words, like memory, are continually erased. Chalkroom premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in 2017 winning an award for Best VR Experience. 

Until Oct 27; RMB100 weekdays, RMB120 weekends. Modern Art Base


Serious Games – Group Exhibition

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Opening on Friday, August 2, Serious Games takes video game culture and eSports as its starting point, questioning ideas of historical truth, future development and spatial politics in relation to this new form of game. While the exhibition deals largely with the politics and ideas that surround this new gaming culture, artists will also delve into ideas surrounding ‘the game’ as a cultural nous, an idea that has flourished and survived for as long as society has been in existence. 

Until Nov 2, HOW Art Museum


Channel Orange: Xavier Veilhan Solo Exhibition

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Also the name of a very good Frank Ocean album, Channel Orange presents Veilhan’s latest experimental sculptures which focus on the transmuting and often subjective view of the human form. Known for his interest in exploring and playing with gallery and public space, Veilhan is a long-time affiliate of Perrotin, with this show being his eighth with the gallery.  

Until Aug 17, Perrotin.


Yoshitaka Amano: Fantasy in Daylight

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Including almost 200 original paintings, 32 newly-created hand drawings and five animated films, this exhibition is by Japanese artist, illustrator and designer Yoshitaka Amano. He’s known for his work on animated TV shows like Speed Racer, as well as on the Final Fantasy video games. His drawings and paintings embrace fantastical imagery, while he uses elements of manga and anime in a distinctly pop art style. He has become better known of late for his solo artwork, much of which will be displayed at Modern Art Museum, beginning June 1.

Until Sep 1; RMB70-120. Modern Art Museum.  


Nine Journeys Through Time – Group Exhibition

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Having first appeared at the Apartment of the Prince, Royal Palace, Milan, this exhibition is brought to Yuz Museum in Shanghai and see nine wildly different and vital artists investigate temporal relationships, with explorations in fashion, architecture and sculpture. The nine artists on show come from all over the world, and have differing relationships with art. As such, the thoughts and ideas that their differing works summon clamber all over the very large idea of time and its relationship with space. 

Until Oct 10; RMB60. Yuz Museum


Summer of Love – Group Exhibition

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Extended until August 25, Shanghai Center of Photography in Xuhui presents works by four very talented photographers and a guest curator, who seek to understand how love and romance has transformed in China over the preceding decades. The varying narratives of love here explored take in the material aspects of China’s wedding industry, discreet expressions of love in a bygone era, as well as a focused project by photographer Coco Dai, whose work explores one particular female subject to present the realities of contemporary womanhood. 

Until Aug 25; RMB30 students, RMB40 door. Shanghai Center of Photography


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