Tickets for ‘Bob Dylan: Retrospectrum’ Now on Sale

By That's Shanghai, November 18, 2019

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Bob Dylan is well known as one of the world’s most influential and groundbreaking musicians. But did you know he has a long history as an extremely talented visual artist?

The first retrospective exhibition of Bob Dylan’s visual artworks – Retrospectrum – debuted at the Modern Art Museum (MAM) in Shanghai on September 28 and will run through January 5, and you can grab your tickets to the show over on thMart

Spanning five decades of the artist’s career, and seven series of works, Retrospectrum will mark the artist’s most comprehensive art exhibition to date, enabling visitors to experience Dylan’s artwork in a uniquely immersive and interactive environment.

Image courtesy of Modern Art Museum Shanghai

Retrospectrum will feature more than 250 of Bob Dylan’s artworks in an array of media, with important works loaned from private collections around the world. The artist’s diverse creations include oil, acrylic and watercolor painting, as well as his ink, pastel and charcoal drawings and distinctive ironwork sculptures. 

Image courtesy of Modern Art Museum Shanghai

“The exhibition will provide visitors with a unique opportunity to view Dylan’s journey in the visual arts as well as an introduction to the artist’s singular stature as a singer, songwriter, recording artist and concert performer reflected in iconic elements from his storied career,” said the museum’s director Derek Yu.

Bob Dylan says of the exhibition, “Seeing many of my works years after I completed them is a fascinating experience. I don’t really associate them with any particular time or place or state of mind, but view them as part of a long arc; a continuum that begins with the way I go forth in the world and changed direction as my perception is shaped and altered by life. I can be as profoundly influenced by events in Morretes, Brazil, as I am by the man who sells me El País in Madrid. Shanghai is a city so rich in culture and history, and I couldn't be happier that Retrospectrum is being exhibited there.”

Image courtesy of Modern Art Museum Shanghai

Among the artworks featured in Retrospectrum will be some of the artist’s earliest ink sketches first published in 1973’s Writings and Drawings that illustrated and compiled Dylan’s lyrics up until that time. These drawings will be shown alongside works from last year’s Mondo Scripto series, in which Dylan revisited some of his best-known lyrics, hand-writing and illustrating them in his unique hand. 

The exhibition will also feature the iconic Train Tracks paintings representing The Drawn Blank Series (2008) that first brought Bob Dylan’s visual artworks to critical and popular acclaim. The exhibition of 140 of these works in Chemnitz, Germany in 2007 established Dylan’s credentials as a fine artist.

For tickets to see Bob Dylan: Retrospectrum, scan the QR code below: 



Until January 5, Modern Art Museum.

[Cover image courtesy of Modern Art Museum Shanghai]

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