6 Shanghai Art Exhibitions to Check Out This Weekend

By That's Shanghai, December 6, 2019

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


Peer to Peer

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‘Under Oath’ by Johnny Briggs. Image courtesy of Shanghai Center of Photography

Exhibiting 14 different artists from the UK and China, this exhibition connects photographers from different generations with a variety of interests which range from environmental issues to cryptocurrency and aging populations. This exhibition was first opened at Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool in October 2019, conceived by Sarah Fisher from Open Eye, curated by Lindsay Taylor from the University of Salford Art Collection and independent curator Serein Liu from Shanghai. 

Until February 9, Shanghai Center of Photography


Pictures of a Micro Garden – Yang Xun

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Image courtesy of Gallery 55

Beijing artist Yang Xun brings his photographic paintings to Gallery 55 this week. Playing on the idea of illusion and reality, his oil paintings add criticism to the photographic medium, as he uses his painting style to add a sense of timeliness to his pictures. 

Until January 12, Gallery 55. 


NOWNESS Experiments: The Mesh

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Image via chi K11 Art Museum

K11 teams up with NOWNESS for a moving images exhibition, which combines a presentation of The Night Journey, a collaboration between video art pioneer Bill Viola and the USC Game Innovation Lab, two large scale multimedia installations by London-based collective Marshmallow Laser Feast, Alvin Li’s moving image installation D.E.E.P. and, finally, public screenings of nominees for NOWNESS China New Talent Awards. 

Until December 13, chi K11 Art Museum


The 3rd Ear Cat Meets The Nøtel

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Image courtesy of Lawrence Lek

Opening on December 5, this multimedia installation sees Lawrence Lek and Steve Goodman (aka Kode9) once again team up in celebration of London-based label Hyperdub’s 15th anniversary. Based within The Nøtel, a creation of Lek and Kode9’s, The 3rd Ear Cat who runs Hyperdub morphs, integrates with the space and transforms. 

Until December 19, Chronus Art Center


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


Rear Windows – Li Qing Solo Exhibition

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Image via Prada Rong Zhai

Li Qing takes the gorgeous Prada Rong Zhai and creates unique, sometimes stifling atmospheres throughout its old rooms. Playing around with ideas of old and new Shanghai, of obsession and more, Li places these idiosyncratic ideas within a space that is also imbued with the everyday, establishing a fantastic contrast. 

Until January 9, Prada Rong Zhai.


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[Cover image courtesy of Gallery 55]

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