17 Shanghai Art Exhibitions to Check Out This Weekend

By That's Shanghai, November 8, 2019

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


Diptychs – Christopher Le Brun Solo Exhibition

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Image via Lisson Gallery

For his first solo exhibition in China, British artist Christopher Le Brun brings a group of diptychs, which dwell on the duality of things. The nature and colors of these diptychs collide in such a way as to propose contrast, comparison, collision and more. 

Until February 29, Lisson Gallery


Jean-Michel Othoniel and Pierre Soulages Concurrent Exhibitions

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Image via Perrotin

Described by former French president Francois Hollande as the greatest living artist in 2014, Pierre Soulages reputation precedes him. He brings a variety of paintings from different periods of his life, but, perhaps most inspiring are the pieces made in the past three years. Soulages turns 100 in December and his continued artistic output is astonishing. Elsewhere, Jean Michel Othoniel’s iridescent hanging sculptures, which take on the form of pieces of jewelry, will shock and delight. 

Until December 28, Perrotin


James Turrell Solo Exhibition

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Image via Almine Rech

Idiosyncratic American artist James Turrell is best known for works that play around ideas of light and space. He brings such beaming and brilliant pieces to be displayed at Almine Rech this weekend. 

Until December 21, Almine Rech.


Open Feast – Eddie Martinez Solo Exhibition

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Image via Yuz Museum

Anarchic and full of artistic freedom, this exhibition by Brooklyn artist Eddie Martinez exhibits sketches and drawings by the artist, as well as a huge single wall mural. Focusing, as ever on physical forms and pop culture references, this exhibition is a puzzling delight for visitors. 

Until January 12, Yuz Museum


In Production: Art and the Studio System

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Image via Yuz Museum

In collaboration with Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Qatar Museums, this landmark exhibition brings together a group of artists who discuss the relationship between visual arts and the movies. Combining installation, mixed media, performative pieces and much more, this exhibition provides and interesting insight into the history of development of the movie studio system over the past century. 

Until March 1, Yuz Museum


Mind the Deep – Artificial Intelligence and Artistic Creation

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Image via Ming Contemporary Art Museum

Bringing together works by a vast range of artists working with internet and technology art, this group exhibition takes aim at artificial intelligence, its applications and the ways in which it can and likely will affect our lives. 

Until February 9, Ming Contemporary Art Museum.


Consciousness of Location – Zhang Ruyi Solo Exhibition

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Image via Don Gallery

Shanghai artist Zhang Ruyi’s exhibition dwells on ideas of location, of spatial awareness and our way of perceiving the world through physical objects. She plays with our expectations of what we might find in an aquarium, for example, beckoning the viewer towards pieces that aim to remould the eye into something less sensory and more thoughtful. 

Until January 12, Don Gallery


Dwells in the Solid Shadow of the Unreachable – He Yida Solo Exhibition

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Image via Edouard Malingue Gallery

He Yida’s solo exhibition aims to collect ideas of our perception of space and reinterpret them for the viewers. Her study of sculpture and of everyday objects combine with her natural curiosity to, in turn, reveal creative and artistic curiosities on which viewers can dwell. 

Until December 22, Edouard Malingue Gallery


The Shape of Time

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Image via West Bund Art Museum

One of two exhibits kicking off West Bund Art Museum and Centre Pompidou’s collaboration over the coming five years, this collection takes a look at some of the most important artists and movements during the 20th and 21st century, featuring works by the likes of Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso and many more. 

Until May 9, 2021, West Bund Art Museum


NOWNESS Experiments: The Mesh

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Image via chi K11 Art Museum

K11 teams up with NOWNESS for a moving images exhibition, which combines a presentation of The Night Journey, a collaboration between video art pioneer Bill Viola and the USC Game Innovation Lab, two large scale multimedia installations by London-based collective Marshmallow Laser Feast, Alvin Li’s moving image installation D.E.E.P. and, finally, public screenings of nominees for NOWNESS China New Talent Awards. 

Until December 13, chi K11 Art Museum


Rear Windows – Li Qing Solo Exhibition

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Image via Prada Rong Zhai

Li Qing takes the gorgeous Prada Rong Zhai and creates unique, sometimes stifling atmospheres throughout its old rooms. Playing around with ideas of old and new Shanghai, of obsession and more, Li places these idiosyncratic ideas within a space that is also imbued with the everyday, establishing a fantastic contrast. 

Until January 9, Prada Rong Zhai.


Ocean II Ocean – Cyprien Gaillard Solo Exhibition

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Image via TANK Shanghai

French artist Cyprien Gaillard’s Venice Biennale showing, Ocean II Ocean, comes to TANK this week. Displayed against the transporting concave walls at TANK, surrounded by old, used and dirty bulldozer shovels, the space offers a collision of effects.   

Until January 12, TANK Shanghai


The Annual Report of OCD – Zhang Peili Solo Exhibition

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Flyer courtesy of Ren Space

Zhang Peili breaks off bits off himself for this exhibition, quite literally. The artist recreates his own skeleton and lays it across a surface in pieces, he uses some of his urine in a painting and takes some of his own blood to be encased in a glass structure. That is to name but a few of the fascinating ways in which Zhang explores the idea of one’s body. Taking place across multiple rooms on three floors, this exhibition is both thrilling and frighteningly existential. 

Until May 6, Ren Space


Moon Rehearsals – VERTEX af Solo Exhibition

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Image via CC Foundation

VERTEX af, a duo made up of Ei Arakawa and Sarah Chow, are concerned with the intersection of magic and conceptuality in contemporary arts. They use such forms as astrology to tease out new systems and new knowledge. This is the pair’s first solo exhibition in China. 

Until February 2, CC Foundation.


Lu Yang and Chen Tianzhuo Concurrent Exhibitions

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Image via BANK Shanghai

Two of the hottest young artists in China today come together for concurrent exhibitions at BANK Shanghai. Firstly, Lu Yang brings some of her multimedia works but also takes aim at canvas for some paintings. At the same time, Chen Tianzhuo uses mixed media oils and charcoal to present behind-the-scenes representations of his best known works. 

Until January 12, BANK Shanghai


365 Degrees The Immersive Experience – Eugenio Recuenco

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Image courtesy of promoter

Spanish fashion photographer Eugenio Recuenco has recreated and constructed fascinating images and photographs in this, his 365 Degrees series, bringing together influences that stem from art to current affairs, history, politics and much more to create a humorous, cynical, optimistic view of the world. This exhibition is broken into three parts, the first is the exhibition proper, which shows 170 pieces of Recuenco’s work, while in the latter half, 12 of Recuenco’s photos are reproduced on site, allowing visitors to recreate Recuenco’s iconic photos, while finally, a video room shows the real-life influences for the photographs on show. 

Until January 5, RMB69-399. Uni Elite. Tickets


Bob Dylan Retrospectrum

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Image courtesy of Modern Art Museum Shanghai

Sure, Bob Dylan is a Nobel Prize winning writer, poet and lyricist, but his lesser known creative endeavors include painting with oil, acrylic and watercolor, and even include ironwork sculpture. Modern Art Museum, god bless their souls, have collected more than 250 of Dylan’s works spanning over 40 years to Shanghai this weekend. Dylan’s early ink experiments will show alongside works from Mondo Scripto sketches. Enjoy this fascinating insight into the creative polymath's works until January. 

Until Jan 5, RMB100. Modern Art Museum Shanghai. Tickets


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