7 Shanghai Art Exhibitions to Check Out This Weekend

By That's Shanghai, November 1, 2019

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

Wild Metropolis – Group Exhibition

Flyer via Powerlong Museum

Aiming to bring modern cultural trends, while also placing the continuing advancement of technology within the walls of an exhibition, Wild Metropolis brings together a group of artists from a wide variety of disciplines, including, but not limited to, Chen Guanxi, Ding Li, Gooooose, 33EMYBW, Katja Novitskova, Jacolby Satterwhite, Josh Sperling and many more. As you can see from that list, a few notable musicians will be involved with the exhibition, while the museum has also invited designers at the forefront of the fashion world. 

Until February 2, Powerlong Museum

A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever – Tess Dumon Solo Exhibition

Image courtesy of Galerie Dumonteil

French artist Tess Dumon’s work arrives in Shanghai just in time for Art02. Her minimal painted figures largely revolve around humans and animals, with the title of exhibition taken from John Keats’ poem ‘Endymion.” The work shown in this exhibition contains quite a bit of childlike joy, of wonder at the existence of animals and their place within the mythology of human beings. Her paintings are thought-provoking but also deeply emotive, sparking joy. 

Until December 29, Galerie Dumonteil

Convex/Concave Belgian Contemporary Art

Image via Tank Shanghai

Tank Shanghai, in co-ordination with Belgian art center Wiels, brings together a group exhibition that reveals the beauty of contemporary Belgian art. Featuring a foreboding wax covered tree trunk by Berlinde De Bruyckere, Harold Ancart’s depictions of a match being sparked and Francis Alys’ gorgeous and moody depictions of Shanghai, this group exhibition takes in a variety of different mediums for visitiors to ponder. 

Until January 12, Tank Shanghai

What Makes Computers So Intriguing, So Nonsensical? 

Image courtesy of Chronus Art Center

Taking inspiration from the famed 1957 exhibition This is Tomorrow. Just what is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing? in London, which laid bare consumerist trends and tendencies of the period. Taking the original title and inserting the word computers, a group of six artists from all over the world attempt to dive beneath the familiarity of computers, in order to dissect the more insidious influence that computers have on our lives, coming courtesy of the excellent Chronus Art Center. 

Until December 30, Chronus Art Center.

Sun Xun: The Release of the New Film ‘Magic of Atlas’ and Experimental Space

Image via ShanghART

Coinciding with the launch of his Experimental Space project, Liaoning artist Sun Xun will also launch his new full-length stop-motion film, Magic of Atlas from November 2. Sun’s artwork is laden with Chinese mythology and gloominess, but also a sense of beauty and wonder. Ochre shades comingle with Sun’s usual heavy shadows, showing the artist’s preoccupation with woodcut painting, while other influences include Persian and Oriential painting styles. 

Until December 20, ShanghART M50 Space

365 Degrees The Immersive Experience – Eugenio Recuenco

Image courtesy of promoter

Spanish fashion photographer Eugenio Recuenco has recreated and constructed fascinating images and photographs in this, his 365 Degrees series, bringing together influences that stem from art to current affairs, history, politics and much more to create a humorous, cynical, optimistic view of the world. This exhibition is broken into three parts, the first is the exhibition proper, which shows 170 pieces of Recuenco’s work, while in the latter half, 12 of Recuenco’s photos are reproduced on site, allowing visitors to recreate Recuenco’s iconic photos, while finally, a video room shows the real-life influences for the photographs on show. 

Until January 5, RMB69-399. Uni Elite. Tickets

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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