6 Shanghai Art Exhibitions to Check Out This Weekend

By Sarah Forman, January 25, 2019

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


Photo courtesy of Edouard Malingue

The word liminal refers to transitions and the spaces in between - time marked by the crossing of thresholds. This exhibition from Indonesian art collective, Tromarama, engages with the way we exist between physical and digital, utilizing algorithms, video, sculptural work and design of physical space to explore the transitory nature of our time and place.

Until Mar 10, Edouard Malingue.

La Dépense: Francis Alÿs Solo Show

Photo courtesy of Rockbund Art Museum

The Belgian artist's work raises questions about anthropology and geopolitics, in a title that translates to "consumption" and refers to the theories of French Philosopher Georges Bataille. With photographs, video work and paintings, this exhibition focuses on capturing and portraying physical interactions with the world around us.

Until Feb 24, Rockbund Art Museum.

Proregress: The 12th Shanghai Biennale

Photo courtesy of the promoter

Ambivalence is a word that has come to mark a generation and an era, which is why it's the theme for this year's Shanghai Biennale. The exhibition includes a range of works of all sizes, and mediums, from artists living in every corner of the world. There's even a giant George Washington swing in the main hall. You've still got just over a month to check it out, so mark your calendars and plan accordingly.

Until Mar 10, Power Station of Art.

Pollen: Zhou Fan Solo Exhibition

Photo close-up courtesy of Art Labor Gallery

If you find yourself in Jing'an tomorrow, head to Art Labor for the opening of Zhou Fan's solo show, where the artist will be present. The multi-media exhibition includes video, light boxes, works on paper and acrylic on canvas, in a fleuroscent collection exploring the concept of "interior", largely inspired by Haruki Murakami's The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.

Until to Mar 7, Art Labor Gallery.

Clavicle: Xie Qi's Solo Exhibition

Photo courtesy of Bank Gallery

Appealing to phenomenology and the written works of philosopher Merleau-ponty, this collection of oil paintings from Beijing-based Xie Qi is the culmination of many years work. These dark, intimate depictions of the body come together in a dream-like series that are all at once universal and intensely personal.

Until Mar 9, Bank Gallery.

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. If you're able to make it out to Qibao, the works mirror the zeitgeist of the 20th century Korean society in a modernism distinct from Western narratives. 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.

[Cover photo courtesy of Edouard Malingue]

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