7 Shanghai Art Exhibitions to Check Out This Weekend

By That's Shanghai, November 29, 2019

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


Zhang Peili, Geng Jianyi’s Students China Academy of Art

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Flyer courtesy of promoter

This exhibition is based around the students who have been thought by forward-thinking professors Zhang Peili (more on him below) and Geng Jianyi at the esteemed Chinese Academy of Art (CAA) in Hangzhou. Works fall under three categories of thought in the CAA’s New Media School, video and concepts, viewing and experimenting and expansion and opening. The opening of this exhibition is in collaboration with FutureLab, which is also holding a week-long set of exhibitions, workshops and talks at West Bund Art and Design Center until Dec 1. 

Until January 12, West Bund Art and Design Center


Continuance – 20 Years of M50

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Flyer courtesy of promoter

Celebrating 20 years of development of Chinese art and, more specifically, Shanghai art, this exhibition takes works from 20 separate artists from the past two decades for the 20th anniversary of M50, with video art, sculpture, painting and more all on display. 

Until December 20, Innovation Art Plus Space


The 3rd Ear Cat Meets The Nøtel

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Image courtesy of Lawrence Lek

Opening on December 5, this multimedia installation sees Lawrence Lek and Steve Goodman (aka Kode9) once again team up in celebration of London-based label Hyperdub’s 15th anniversary. Based within The Nøtel, a creation of Lek and Kode9’s, The 3rd Ear Cat who runs Hyperdub morphs, integrates with the space and transforms. 

Until December 19, Chronus Art Center


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


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


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


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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[Cover image courtesy of Hyperdub]

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