6 Shanghai Art Exhibitions to Check Out This Weekend

By That's Shanghai, August 23, 2019

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

Soft Machine – A Project by Choy Ka Fai

Image via Choy Ka Fai and Ming Contemporary Art Museum

Opening this weekend. The term Soft Machine was popularized by revolutionary writer William Burroughs, after the publication of his book of the same name in 1961. Meant as another way in which to talk about the body, the phrase is sensuos, succulent and not always very pretty. In this project by Choy Ka Fai, the Singaporean artist sets out to take stock of contemporary dance in Asia. This project materialized over the course of three years and much research, combining both video interviews from participants from Japan, China, India and other countries in Asia, with live performance. 

Until Sep 15, Ming Contemporary Art Museum

Look See Perceive: Antoni Muntadas Solo Exhibition 

Image via Vanguard Museum

This one opens on August 23. Born in Barcelona, Spain but currently residing in New York, Muntadas’ art has explored social, political and civic issues social as public and private space. His works here are taken from a variety of medii, such as video, print and installation. With the intention to draw the viewer into the exhibition via reflection and thoughtfulness, Muntadas has been called a pioneer in media art and conceptual art. 

Until Oct 20, Vanguard Museum

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

An Opera for Animals

Image courtesy of promoters

Closing this weekend, this large-scale group exhibition includes over 40 artists’ views on the histories and principals of classical opera in European and Chinese cultures, applying the canon’s language to traditions and reimagining the theatrical practice through a variety of lenses. Moving between cities, Cui Jie, Robert Zhao Renhui, Lee Bul and Wang Wei are among the extensive list of artists who used their works to transform the space in Hong Kong’s Quarry Bay into a vibrant and pulsating urban jungle, before the show arrived in Shanghai, where Tang and Hsieh have helped to re-contextualize it by adding even more Chinese artists.

Until Aug 25, Rockbund Art Museum

Playing Cards With Himself – Quan Hongyi Solo Exhibition

Image courtesy of Gallery 55

Also closing 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

Summer of Love – Group Exhibition

Image courtesy of Shanghai Center of Photography

Take your last opportunity to visit Shanghai Center of Photography in Xuhui this weekend, where they are presenting 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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[Cover image courtesy of Ming Contemporary Art Museum]

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