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

By That's Shanghai, September 13, 2019

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


Tank Art Festival

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Image courtesy of promoter

Taking place over four days at one of Shanghai’s newest exhibition spaces, Tank Art Festival will focus on a variety of different mediums, aiming to stimulate all the senses. With an art book fair, an affordable market, graffiti exhibition, an amateur art exhibition and so much more, there’s plenty for art lovers and the uninitiated alike to get involved with. Likewise, you can catch Adrian Vera Rojas stunning installation work, which, from pictures that we saw, resembles the lunar surface. 

Sep 12-15, times vary; RMB68-90. Tank Shanghai. See event listing


Before the Whistle Blows

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Image courtesy of Rockbund Art Museum

Open for a very limited time, this, the fourth edition of RAM’s annual highlight series, sees nine artists or collectives transform the space in the gallery. The program will take place over the course of ten days and ten nights and consists of a variety of different media, such as video, photography, 360-degree virtual reality installations, song and dance performances, chanting rituals, durational performances, and a bar for chatting.

Until Sep 22, Rockbund Art Museum.


Close – Martin Schoeler

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Image courtesy of Shanghai Center of Photography and the artist

Opening on Sunday, September 15, this photographic exhibition brings the award-winning work of Martin Schoeler to Shanghai. Known for his hyper-detailed close-ups of famous and influential figures, Schoeler's work presents the question of honest and genuine self-portraits in this age of beautifying filters and snapchat dysmorphia. The exhibition gives viewers the chance to get up close with 60 of Schoeler’s portraits. 

Until Nov 20, Shanghai Center of Photography


Silhouette of the Sea – Group Exhibition

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Combining works from local Chinese artists and international artists, this large-scale multimedia exhibition focuses on the ocean. Combining digital art, installation and more, this exhibition draws our attention to the import, expanse and mystery that resides beneath the ocean’s surface. The artists here give their unique interpretations of the relationship between man and the ocean, allowing us to reflect on what it means to look out in awe, or fear, at the watery expanse just off the shore. 

Until Oct 13, Chi K11 Art Museum


Open Codes. Connected Bots – Group Exhibition

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Image courtesy of Chronus Art Center

Chronus Art Center (CAC) team up with German cultural institution ZKM | Center for Art and Media, inviting a very international group of artists to take part in Open Codes, Connected Bots, a new media investigation into the world that we live in today. The artists taking part will transform CAC into a coding laboratory, elucidating for visitors the dependance that we have on codes for just about everything.  

Until Oct 7, Chronus Art Center. 


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

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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


Soft Machine – A Project by Choy Ka Fai

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Image via Choy Ka Fai and Ming Contemporary Art Museum

Closing 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


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