6 Shanghai Art Exhibitions (& 1 Event) to Check Out This Weekend

By That's Shanghai, September 6, 2019

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

Basmat Open Studio

Flyer courtesy of Basmat Levin

New York-based artist Basmat Levin returns to Shanghai for a weekend and is inviting fans of art to join her at her studio in M50 Creative Space. Raised in Jerusalem, Levin identifies as a global nomad and is known for creating though-provoking portraits, as well as patterns, flowers and more. 

Sep 7-8, noon-5pm. M50 Creative Space. See event listing

Xia Xi – Fu Shuai Solo Exhibition

Image courtesy of Art+ Shanghai Gallery

Fu has garnered a reputation for using his works to explore ideas surrounding reality, illusion and perception. He opens his first-ever solo exhibition in Shanghai this weekend, bringing phenomenal illustrations that speak to the concrete tangibles in everyday life and the lack of clarity that surrounds the future. 

Until Oct 27, Art+ Shanghai Gallery

That Is A Layer of Gauze that Mimics the Texture of the Wall – Wang Wei Solo Exhibition

Image courtesy of Edouard Malingue Gallery

Excitingly original artist Wang Wei acquires ideas and objects such as tiles from such places as a Dongguan mosaic pattern, a mural that can be found in Beijing Zoo, as well as an outer wall of a community kindergarten in Guangzhou. Combining ideas of installation, video works and painting, Wang’s work is saturated with meaning. 

Until Oct 20, Edouard Malingue Gallery

Huang Saifeng & Jiang Quyang – Concurrent Solo Shows

Image courtesy of Gallery 55

Two exhibitions open this weekend at Gallery 55 in Shanghai. First, Shanghai-based artist Huang Saifeng explores the actions and reactions of the unconscious mind via his canvas work. Meanwhile, Hangzhou artist Jiang Quyang’s oil paintings speak to emotional reactions, as well as ambiguity and indifference. 

Until Oct 13, Gallery 55

L’invisible Vu – Group Exhibition

Image courtesy of Minsheng Art Museum

This excellent group exhibition brings together works from a range of artists who work within the realms of abstraction. As you can see from the image above, artists on show delve into appearances and how we tend to interpret personality, beauty and more. Works by artists like Hans Hartung, Jean Dubuffet and Josef Sima, among others, will be on show until October 20. 

Until Oct 20, Minsheng Art Museum

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

Infinity (∞): Ni Youyu Solo Exhibition

Image courtesy of promoter

Opening on August 17, at the heart of Ni’s work is the belief that an artist is not necessarily a creator, but is in fact a curator of materials, guiding perception. Here he gathers materials that have been saturated with symbotic charm, such as antiques garnered from flea markets, and reduces them to something more basic and fundamental. 

Until Oct 20, Yuz Museum

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