6 Shanghai Art Exhibitions to Check Out This Weekend

By That's Shanghai, January 10, 2020

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


Down the Rabbit Hole – Group Exhibition

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Image courtesy of Capsule Shanghai

Capsule Shanghai invites five artists for a group exhibition that dwells around the ideas of what is real and what is mystical, taking its name from the famed Lewis Carroll novel, Alice in Wonderland. The group of four Chinese artists and one American use various mediums such as photography, sculpture and painting to blur the lines of what we see in everyday life.  

Until February 14, Capsule Shanghai.


Sound – Brian Calvin Solo Exhibition

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Image via Almine Rech

Brian Calvin's paintings, looking like a still from a Tom Tom Club music video from the ’80s, are widely identifiable, with the artist painting stylized, close-up portraits of women, heavily influenced by his Californian roots. The positioning of characters in Calvin's works are often unnervingly close, with his subjects seeming to be giving the viewer a nasty side eye. The style is one that Calvin has developed naturally over time. 

Until February 29, Almine Rech


Wanderers – Group Exhibition

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Image courtesy of Ota Fine Arts

Bringing together Chinese artist Cheng Ran and Japanese artists Takao Minami and Hiraki Sawa, this group exhibition sees each of the artists articulate certain ideas about travel through video. Cheng Ran first uses the image of a homing pigeon, with spoken excerpts from Allen Gingsberg's classic poem 'Howl' to bring New York to life. Takao Minami takes us on a visual and sonic voyage from Kagoshima to Keelung port in Taiwan, documenting the atmosphere on the water, while also splicing together scenes and man-made sounds, consciously creating a non-narrative piece. Finally Hiraki Sawa brings us back inside, using model airplanes and miniature figures to describe the constant yearning feeling to move, to travel and to reach beyond the borders of your day-to-day life. 

Until March 7, Ota Fine Arts


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


Ocean II Ocean – Cyprien Gaillard Solo Exhibition

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Image via TANK Shanghai

French artist Cyprien Gaillard’s Venice Biennale showing, Ocean II Ocean, comes to TANK this week. Displayed against the transporting concave walls at TANK, surrounded by old, used and dirty bulldozer shovels, the space offers a collision of effects.   

Until January 12, TANK Shanghai


Bob Dylan Retrospectrum

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Image courtesy of Modern Art Museum Shanghai

This show has been extended until March 8. 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 Mar 8, RMB100. Modern Art Museum Shanghai


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[Cover image courtesy of Ota Fine Arts]

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