6 Shanghai Art Exhibitions to Check Out This Weekend

By Sarah Forman and James Farquharson, March 15, 2019

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

Earthbound Cosmology: Liu Chuang Solo Show

Photo courtesy of the promoter

Liu Chuang’s latest exhibition greets us in an era where humanity has become aware of its power to profoundly alter its environment, from the fiery infernos of oil spills to the surgical precision of CRISPR gene-editing. Through the interplay of videos and images of the natural environment with symbols of information technology such as bitcoin mines, Liu marks our transformation from a world in which we depended on the environment’s gifts to one in which we can make the environment do our bidding and even simulate our own. Guaranteed to be thought-provoking.

March 16 – May 12, Qiao Space.

The Mortals: Ouyang Chun Solo Show

Photo courtesy of ShanghART 

This conceptual, moving exhibition attempts to reclaim the memory of a group of people marginalized by society. The installation takes the form of items scavenged by the artist from the old resident buildings of the Xi’an Institute of Technology, set up in the 1960s by faculty members who had left Beijing due to political instability. The items of furniture and treasured possessions of the residents who lived in the now-demolished buildings largely speak for themselves, arranged artfully by Chun into an elegy to a group of isolated mortals that is simultaneously universal and specific.

March 16 – April 28, ShanghART.

Lovers: Zhao Ban Solo Show

Flyer courtesy of Yell Space

The ubiquitous influence of social media, changing the relationship between how things are expressed and how they are understood, forms the subject of Zhao Ban’s new exhibition, opening this weekend. The Chinese-language nature of the exhibition could provide another layer of mediation, particularly for those that are literate, though you're bound to get something from the visual nature of the work regardless.

March 16 – April 2, Yell Space.

The World of Saha: Yu Hong Solo Exhibition

Image courtesy of the promoter

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

a través - descubrimientos urbanos

Photo courtesy of Alejandro Scott

Tucked away on Anfu Lu, you'll find the Spanish Consulate General and the Miguel de Cervantes Library. In tandem with a newly released Spanish language guide to Shanghai, they're hosting an exhibition of the photography used from Alejandro Scott, Dodge He, Joán Llabata and Yao Yao. If you could use a little reminder of what sunshine in this city looks like, pop on over for a dose of local photography.

Until Mar 23, Miguel de Cervantes Library.


Photo courtesy of Magda Danysz Gallery

Reminiscent of Italian Futurism, catch Pantone's first solo show in Shanghai before it closes this weekend. His works are bold, opticle spectacles that seamslessly work together in a space that seems designed for this kind of exhibition, with new pieces pressed specifically for the occasion. 

Until Mar 16, Magda Danysz Gallery.

[Cover photo courtesy of the promoter]

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