6 Shanghai Art Exhibitions to Check Out This Weekend

By Sarah Forman and Ruth Ilott, March 8, 2019

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

Through the Maze: Navigating One Artist’s Path - Lee Shang Hwa Solo Exhibition

Photo courtesy of Art+ Shanghai Gallery

This is the young Korean artist Lee Shang Hwa’s first solo exhibition, presented at Art+ Shanghai Gallery. Through the Maze: Navigating One Artist’s Path displays a full spectrum of the Seoul-born artist’s creative expressions from his early career to the present day. Viewers are able to immerse themselves in the labyrinth-like aura of Lee Shang Hwa’s diversified oeuvre that is meant to convey a journey towards understanding the meaning of creative freedom. This includes works that incorporate real household items next to hyper-real renditions in oil, landscapes with surrealist isolated scenarios, meticulous color dot arrangements on jigsaw puzzle-shaped canvases and miniature watercolor drawings with misleading textual denominations.

Until April 14, Art + Shanghai Gallery.

The World of Saha: Yu Hong Solo Exhibition

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Opening this weekend, the Long Museum presents one of China’s most celebrated female artists, Yu Hong with an extensive survey of her work, The World of Saha, curated by Jérôme Sans. This exhibition shows how Yu Hong reconstructs personal and socio-historical memories through photography and then through the medium of oil painting, tracing the harrowing history of China’s last 30 years and the country’s transition from a Communist society to a detached one in a fast-growing and globalized world. Mixing realism and magical elements into her brushstrokes, she divides her recollections into four different acts that creatively fuse different perceptions of time, memories and the development of emotional states within her personal inner world. 

Until May 5, Long Museum West Bund

All About Love Speaks Forever: Yayoi Kusama

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It's finally here! The Fosun Foundation sees the long-awaited Yayoi Kusama solo show. The polka dot princess has designed a number of works specifically for the space, alongside massive paintings and installations covering some of her most recent practice.

Until Jun 9, RMB75 early bird, RMB150 general admission. Fosun Foundation Art Centerbuy tickets.


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Curated by the renowned art critic and curator Bao Dong, this exhibition at the Leo Gallery Shanghai showcases a series of architecture-related works that convey the Chinese philosophical term of the ‘superstructure’ and the corresponding ‘base’. Each uniquely captures the nine different artists’ perceptions of reality, logic and time whilst alluding to this concept as an ‘architectural metaphor'. Featured are installtionized geometric sculptures by Cai Lei and abstract and surrealist paintings by Huang Yishan, Zhou Qinshan and several others.

Mar 10 - April 13, Leo Gallery Shanghai.

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.

Proregress: The 12th Shanghai Biennale

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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 only got another week to check it out, so mark your calendars and plan accordingly.

Until Mar 10, Power Station of Art.

[Cover photo courtesy of the promoter]

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