6 Shanghai Art Exhibitions (& 1 Event) to Check Out This Weekend

By That's Shanghai, August 30, 2019

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


abC Art Book Fair

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Image via abC Official

The fourth edition of abC’s Shanghai Art Book Fair returns this weekend. Taking place over three days at XXX the fair will host a number of talks and lectures by a variety of publishers and speakers. A number of publications will also see the light of day for the first time during the fair, and perusers, window shoppers and artsy types can take the opportunity to browse a number of booths during the weekend.

Aug 30-Sep 1, various times; RMB70. Modern Art Museum


Hesitate – Ivy Haldeman Solo Exhibition

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Image courtesy of Capsule Shanghai

You might have seen Haldeman’s pieces as part of Capsule Shanghai’s booths at West Bund Art & Design in 2017 and Art Shenzhen in 2018, but the New York-based painter is coming to Shanghai for her first-ever China solo exhibition. Her work incorporates quirky imagery, such as banana peels, empty suits and hot dogs in order to evoke the feeling of being a seemingly insignificant cog in the much larger economic machine. Combining one room solely for installation with three rooms for her paintings, this exhibition is an interesting look into the psyche of a young US artist. 

Until Oct 16, Capsule Shanghai


Ni Youyu & Hans Hartung – Concurrent Solo Shows

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Image courtesy of Perrotin

Having already opened a solo exhibition at Yuz Museum this month, Ni Youyu is a busy man. Here we get the opportunity to see some of his painted works, alongside more installations. Ni’s washed painting technique, which he formulated out of his unfamiliarity with canvas painting, offers viewers variegating views of the same image. Meanwhile, in the same space a look at the abstract works of Hans Hartung will open. Hartung is known as an important forerunner of lyrical abstraction, influencing a variety of artists before his death in 1989 with his idiosyncratic swirls, scratches and scribbles. 

Until Oct 20, Perrotin


The Autumn of Paradise – Jean Luc Mylayne Solo Exhibition

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Image via Long Museum (West Bund) 

The first institutional solo exhibition on the Chinese mainland by bird-watching photographer Jean Luc Mylayne opens this weekend at Long Museum. Creating gorgeous photos by way of lens manipulation, Mylayne has been said to be the inheritor of the painter-photographer tradition by Time. His methods of preparation are legendary, as he works for months and years to capture singular photos. Catch his dreamy confabulations while you can. 

Until Dec 8, Long Museum (West Bund). 


Sky Paintings – Lin Ke Solo Exhibition

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Image via MAB Society

Wenzhou artist Lin Ke returns for his second solo exhibition with the gallery, this time taking the seemingly conventional route of presenting watercolor paintings. The artist, who is known for digital and new media practices, paints famous figures and friends before breaking down the paintings into the basic elements and recontextualizing these pieces. Lin Ke’s work has received much acclaim over the past few years, and this new solo exhibition offers insight into the artist’s views on exhibition, painting and artistic communication. 

Until Sep 10, Bank Shanghai


Fantasy in Daylight – Yoshitaka Amano Solo Exhibition

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Image courtesy of promoters

Closing this weekend, this exhibition includes almost 200 original paintings, 32 newly-created hand drawings and five animated films by Japanese artist, illustrator and designer Yoshitaka Amano. He’s known for his work on animated TV shows like Speed Racer, as well as on the Final Fantasy video games. His drawings and paintings embrace fantastical imagery, while he uses elements of manga and anime in a distinctly pop art style. 

Until Sep 1; RMB70-120. Modern Art Museum.  


New Order – Shang Liang Solo Exhibition

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Image via MadeIn Gallery/WeChat

Also closing this weekend, grab your chance to catch rising young artist Shang Liang’s recent works at MadeIn Gallery. Lauded for her unique style, which makes us of elements of cubism, surrealism and the type of written, off-the-cuff graffiti seen in Basquiat’s paintings, it is perhaps Shang’s borderless depictions of the human body that are the most fascinating aspect of her particular approach to art. 

Until Sep 1, MadeIn Gallery


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[Cover image via Capsule Shanghai]

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