6 Shanghai Art Exhibitions to Check Out This Weekend

By Sarah Forman and James Farquharson, April 19, 2019

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


Love is a Metaphysical Gravity

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Photo via Lisson Gallery

Borrowing for its title a quote from American architect and theorist Buckminster Fuller, this exhibition seeks to explore links between the physical and the mystical. The logic-defying emotion of love provides the starting point for the discussion between the works of Marina Abramović, Shirazeh Houshiary, Richard Long and Tatsuo Miyajima.

Until May 11, Lisson Gallery.


Sans Soleil

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Image courtesy of Edoard Malingue Gallery

Taking its name from Chris Marker’s seminal documentary on the human experience of memory, this exhibition weaves together the works of its four artists to create a pictorial essay on fiction and subjectivity. The art pieces, with flashes of eccentricity and metaphor that hint at magical realism, read like a travelogue of the artists’ perceptions in a narrative that is left open for the gallery-goer to construct herself.

Until May 5, Edouard Malingue Gallery.


To Satiate: Shen Xin

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Image courtesy of MadeIn Gallery

Taking inspiration from the post-Structuralists, the Amsterdam-based artist Shen Xin explores the inconsistency of the human spirit through the tension between the individual and the collective, desire and inhibition, understanding and incomprehension. By narrating a text by the philosopher Zhuanzi in a polyphony of English, French and Chinese, or by showing lovers caught between their passion and the pressures of their society, the artist celebrates the human commitment to exploring different ways of being and construing the world.

Until May 05, MadeIn Gallery.


The World of Saha: Yu Hong Solo Exhibition

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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


Earthbound Cosmology: Liu Chuang Solo Show

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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.

Until May 12, Qiao Space.


If You Don't Use Your Eyes To See You Will Use Them To Cry: Tobias Rehberger

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Photo courtesy of Rockbund Art Museum

After you finish at Lisson gallery, pop over to RAM. The first solo show for the German artist, this multi-dimensional creation extends the possibilities of sculpture to design, architecture, conceptual art and many more. The exhibition will feature a number of new commissioned works and large-scale field installations tailored by the artist for RAM. By creating a dazzling array of objects and environments, Rebec continues to explore new forms of production technology and social intervention, tapping into how we interact with space and perceive the connection between everyday life and art. 

Until May 26, Rockbund Art Museum.


[Cover photo via Lisson Gallery]


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