6 Shanghai Art Exhibitions to Check Out This Weekend

By That's Shanghai, November 22, 2019

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


Li Binyuan Solo Exhibition

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Image courtesy of HOW Art Museum

HOW Art Museum bring together works from the decade of Li Binyuan’s career, starting Saturday, November 23. Recorded performances of works that explore the nature of experiments with uncertain outcomes, the physicality and strength of the body and inert objects, as well as traditional sculpture and the nature of tension between objects and between people, make this a key viewing experience. 

Until Mar 15, HOW Art Museum


The Omen – Gao Yuan Solo Exhibition

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Image courtesy of Capsule Shanghai

Born in Kunming in 1986, Gao Yuan’s work centers around animation and painting. Her fascinating and surreal animated short film, Lunar Dial, took her years to make and made an appearance at the Vancouver Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2017. She's back at Capsule Shanghai for a second time, this time with another short film called Cloud of the Unknown and with paintings used in the film. The short is a preview of what is to come for Gao, as she aims to turn the story in Cloud of the Unknown in a full feature-length film. 

Until December 25, Capsule Shanghai


Jean-Michel Othoniel and Pierre Soulages Concurrent Exhibitions

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Image via Perrotin

Described by former French president Francois Hollande as the greatest living artist in 2014, Pierre Soulages reputation precedes him. He brings a variety of paintings from different periods of his life, but, perhaps most inspiring are the pieces made in the past three years. Soulages turns 100 in December and his continued artistic output is astonishing. Elsewhere, Jean Michel Othoniel’s iridescent hanging sculptures, which take on the form of pieces of jewelry, will shock and delight. 

Until December 28, Perrotin


Bob Dylan Retrospectrum

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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


Consciousness of Location – Zhang Ruyi Solo Exhibition

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Image via Don Gallery

Shanghai artist Zhang Ruyi’s exhibition dwells on ideas of location, of spatial awareness and our way of perceiving the world through physical objects. She plays with our expectations of what we might find in an aquarium, for example, beckoning the viewer towards pieces that aim to remould the eye into something less sensory and more thoughtful. 

Until January 12, Don Gallery


Wild Metropolis – Group Exhibition

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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


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