6 Shanghai Art Exhibitions to Check Out This Weekend

By That's Shanghai, October 18, 2019

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

High-Speed Forms – Zhang Ding Solo Exhibition

Image via OCAT Shanghai

The inaugural exhibition at OCAT Shanghai’s new location on Qufu Lu sees renowned Gansu-born installation artist Zhang Ding. Taking the idea of high-speed travel, and more specifically driving, as the starting point, Zhang seeks to tease out ideas of accelerating capitalism, tech advancements and the incredible, but insidious, route that humankind has stumbled upon over the past few centuries. 

Until March 8, OCAT Shanghai

A Turning Moment – Urban Narratives in Chinese Contemporary Art 1995-2019

Image via Duolun Museum of Modern Art

Part of Shanghai Urban Space Art Season, A Turning Point, which is curated by Azure Wu, takes works by 17 different artists, covering such diverse media as installation, painting, photography, video and sculpture, constructing a vision of Chinese art in public spaces over the past 25 years. Such projects as Dial 62761232 (in which couriers delivered installations throughout Shanghai in 2004) will be on show, while the exhibition as the whole takes in progressing urbanization and our role, as well as contemporary art's role, in modern Chinese metropolises. 

Until December 15, Duolun Museum of Modern Art

The Greasy Spoon – Martin Goya Business Group Exhibition

Image via Ota Fine Arts

Martin Goya Business has become known for its forays into a wide variety of creative arts. While they connect electronic producers with visual artists, here Japanese gallery Ota Fine Arts drafts in the arts collective for a group exhibition that focuses on its multi-disciplinary works in the form of a quirky restaurants called The Greasy Spoon. Showing off its boundless approach to visual and installation art, this is a must for anyone trying to catch the wave of experimental art in China. 

Until October 26, Ota Fine Arts

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

Close – Martin Schoeler

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

Bob Dylan Retrospectrum

Image courtesy of Modern Art Museum Shanghai

Sure, Bob Dylan is a Nobel Prize winning writer, poet and lyricist, but his lesser known creative endeavors include painting with oil, acrylic and watercolor, and even include ironwork sculpture. Modern Art Museum, god bless their souls, have collected more than 250 of Dylan’s works spanning over 40 years to Shanghai this weekend. Dylan’s early ink experiments will show alongside works from Mondo Scripto sketches. Enjoy this fascinating insight into the creative polymath's works until January. 

Until Jan 5, RMB100. Modern Art Museum Shanghai. Tickets

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[Cover image via Duolun Museum of Modern Art]

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