6 Shanghai Art Exhibitions to Check Out This Weekend

By That's Shanghai, January 3, 2020

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

Abstraction 2020 Part 1 – Cool & Hot

Image courtesy of Yibo Gallery

The first in a trio of exhibitions that are focusing on abstraction in 2020 takes cool and hot as its focus. What does that mean exactly? It is, according to curator Li Xu a dialectic between sense and sensibility, philosophy and poetics, essentially an either/or to take it in the Kierkegaardian context. The exhibition is both a reflection on the vast importance of abstract art throughout the 20th century and also a reflection of the form's continuing importance all across the world today. 

Until February 29, Yibo Gallery

Gao Jie, Yang Jian, Jaewook Lee Concurrent Exhibitions

Image courtesy of Snap Shanghai

A trio of exhibitions are currently taking place at Snap Shanghai, the city's only artist-run not-for-profit art center. Gao Jie takes the circus as his focus, as he explores prevalent social trends in the age of information and technology. Meanwhile, Yang Jian also takes aim at the information society, representing the digitization of personal information through cabbage, slippers and potatoes connected to sensors. Jaewook Lee recontextualizes urban spaces, making reference to the idea of 'drift,' or the rejection of the discipline by city streets. 

Until February 7, Snap Shanghai

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

Open Feast – Eddie Martinez Solo Exhibition

Image via Yuz Museum

Anarchic and full of artistic freedom, this exhibition by Brooklyn artist Eddie Martinez exhibits sketches and drawings by the artist, as well as a huge single wall mural. Focusing, as ever on physical forms and pop culture references, this exhibition is a puzzling delight for visitors. 

Until January 12, Yuz Museum

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 January 5, RMB100. Modern Art Museum Shanghai. Tickets

Rear Windows – Li Qing Solo Exhibition

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 every day, establishing a fantastic contrast. 

Until January 19, Prada Rong Zhai.

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