A recurring look at what's happening at Shanghai's art galleries:
1. Japanese National Treasure Masters of Animation Hand-Drawn Exhibition
City Plaza in Putuo hosts this massive celebration of Japanese manga masters with 309 items on display featuring manuscrapts from classics like Doraemon, Detective Conan, One Piece and Slam Dunk that has been collected over the past 20 years.
May 20-Aug 1. MTR City Plaza Shanghai, Putuo District.
2. Chen Tianzhuo's Trayastrimsa
The Beijing based artist studied graphic design in London and has carved out a reputation as one of China’s most exciting young artists thanks to his colorful and brash style. This solo exhibition is part of K11 Art Foundation’s three-year collaboration with Palais de Tokyo (Paris) and features an operatic peformance by Chen. Expect a startling mix of sculptural, video and live performance in what promises to be a provocative show as the above picture from his recent Paris exhibition shows.
May 21-June 30. k11 Art Mall.
3. Zhang Ding: Enter the Dragon 2
K11 Art Foundation and ICA (London) co-present the second iteration of Zhang Ding’s ongoing project. A substantial part of chi K11 art museum will be transformed into a mutating sound sculpture with mirrored surfaces and directional speakers. Curated by Zhang, artists will perform on the opening night and the next five Saturday evenings.
May 21-June 30. chi k11.
4. Chen Xiaoyun: 106 Flashes of Lightning That I Collect
ShanghART welcomes back the winner of the New Photography of the Year Prize of Linazhou Foto in 2012. Inspired by capturing lighting across various mediums, 106 Flashes of Lightning That I Collect spans sculptures, installations and videos. The show marks Chen’s return to the m50 museum in two years after Twenty-one Poems of Lenin (see above). Opens on May 21 from 3-6pm.
May 21-July 1. ShanghART Main Space.
5. Liu Dao: Machine Dreams
Fresh off their 10th anniversary, the Liu Dao collective ponders the future and what it will mean to be human. Machine Dreams is “a visual exploration of what life may look like in the near future.” It opens on May 26 from 7-10pm with an invite-only part, with guestlist requests available at island6's website.
May 26-July 23. Island6 Garden, see event listing.
6. Charles Pétillon: Invasions
The renowned French photographer comes to Shanghai after wowing crowds at London’s Covent Garden with a wondrous installation. Featuring up to 100,000 balloons across a variety of odd locations, the striking images instantly strike a whimsical chord. For his China debut, Pétillon has also created a site-specific work in Shanghai full of extravagant balloons.
Until June 19. Magda Danysz Gallery.
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