7 Shanghai Art Exhibitions to Check Out This Weekend

By That's Shanghai, November 15, 2019

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


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


Affective Imagoism – Sang Huoyao Solo Exhibition

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Image via Long Museum

Sang Huoyao brings 52 works, most of which are paintings, but also installations, collages and new media, the majority of which have been created in the past 10 years. Sang’s experiments with ink painting tends to revolve around metaphysical questions, with the artist gaining inspiration from philosophers of ancient China, such as Laozi and Zhuangzi. In his works, Sang obfuscates the imago in question, seeking to tease out ideas of human consciousness beyond the material world.  

Until November 26, Long Museum West Bund


What Makes Computers So Intriguing, So Nonsensical? 

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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.


Lu Yang and Chen Tianzhuo Concurrent Exhibitions

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Image via BANK Shanghai

Two of the hottest young artists in China today come together for concurrent exhibitions at BANK Shanghai. Firstly, Lu Yang brings some of her multimedia works but also takes aim at canvas for some paintings. At the same time, Chen Tianzhuo uses mixed media oils and charcoal to present behind-the-scenes representations of his best known works. 

Until January 12, BANK Shanghai


Baccarat – A Collector's House

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Flyer courtesy of promoter

Baccarat, the legendary French crystal brand bring 255 years of its history, in collaboration with the Heng Fu Art Center, a beautifully restored mansion dating back to 1928, for viewers. For the first time in its history, Baccarat will take 400 pieces of its renowned heritage collection outside of France. The first ever retrospective in Shanghai, the exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to dive into the history of this amazing brand and see in-person the creations that have adorned palaces, homes and villas of the most famous people in the world.

Until February 8, 2020, Heng Fu Art Center


The Shape of Time

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Image courtesy of West Bund Art Museum and Centre Pompidou

One of two exhibits kicking off West Bund Art Museum and Centre Pompidou’s collaboration over the coming five years, this collection takes a look at some of the most important artists and movements during the 20th and 21st century, featuring works by the likes of Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso and many more. 

Until May 9, 2021, West Bund Art Museum


365 Degrees The Immersive Experience – Eugenio Recuenco

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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


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Cover image courtesy of West Bund Art Museum and Centre Pompidou

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