6 Shanghai Art Exhibitions to Check Out This Weekend

By Julia Vihinen, January 4, 2019

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That's Shanghai takes a look at the best art exhibitions of the week:

Yanyan Huang

Photo courtesy of Bank Gallery

Yanyan Huang's solo exhibition features ethereal mixed media paintings, printed tapestries, drawings and works on paper. Huang draws inspiration from a wide array of cultures, time periods and art forms. In her whimsical works she combines elements of botanical studies, mythology and calligraphy. The exhibition closes on Sunday, so be sure to catch it at the Bank Gallery this weekend.

Until Jan 6, Bank Gallery.


Photo courtesy of How Art Museum/Shangart.com

This exhibition brings together a group of contemporary artists from across the world with different backgrounds and perspectives. Through installations, moving image, performances and other unconventional forms of art, the artists explore various elements of contemporary culture and society.

Until Feb 17, HOW Art Museum.

Matthew Day Jackson: New Landscape

Photo courtesy of Qiao Space

In his solo exhibition at Qiao Space, American artist Matthew Day Jackson covers themes including humanity's relationship with nature, war, destruction and the faith we place in technological advancement. Using non-traditional materials such as scorched wood, molten lead, precious metals, worn T-shirts, prosthetic limbs and posters, he creates visually stunning works that also raise social and ethical questions about the past and present.

Until Jan 21, Qiao Space.

Ding Yi: Interchange

Photo courtesy of ShanghART

Shanghai-based artist Din Yi's exhibition features his signature cross patterned paintings together with the sculpture 'Painting Stand.' During his long career, the artist has explored various forms of art such as painting, sculpture, spatial installation and architecture. Make sure you get to see this collection of his most recent work before the exhibition closes on Sunday.

Until Jan 6, ShanghART West Bund.

Korean abstract art: Kim Whanki and Dansaekhwa

Photo courtesy of Kukje Gallery

The first comprehensive exhibition of Korean abstract art to be held in China, this collection of vibrant, monochrome works provides a historical overview of the Dansaekhwa movement and post-war art in Korea. The artists represented in the exhibition aimed to create a distinct Asian modernism in response to Western cultural influence, and their works mirror the zeitgeist of the 20th century Korean society. Featured are seminal works by the late pioneer of Korean abstraction Kim Whanki, as well as paintings by Park Seo-Bo, Kwon Young-Woo and several others.

Until March 2, Powerlong Museum.

Russell Young: Superstar

Photo courtesy of Modern Art Museum Shanghai

This is the last weekend you can marvel at Russel Young's famous, larger-than-life silkscreen paintings of cultural icons at the Shanghai Modern Art Museum. Superstars including Marilyn Monroe, Sid Vicious, David Bowie, Liz Taylor and the Kennedys are all on display via Young's screenprints. He plays into idolization, image, pop culture and the not-so-glamorous reality behind it all.

Until Jan 6, Modern Art Museum Shanghai.

[Cover photo of the artist Yanyan Huang, via bankmabsociety.com]

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