6 Shanghai Art Exhibitions to Check Out This Weekend

By That's Shanghai, December 13, 2019

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


Move on China: Move on China, 30 Years of www & New Media Art in China

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Image courtesy of HOW Art Museum

Featuring works by three integral artists in new media and digital art, Zhang Peili, Wang Jianwei and Feng Mengbo, this exhibition takes stock of the past 30 years of art in China. Each of the three have contributed in different ways to the development of new media art in the country, with Zhang Peili setting his sights on video art and experimentation with new technology, while Feng Mengbo is known for integrating video games into contemporary art, and Wang Jianwei is best known for playing with ideas of time and space through his performative new media work. 

Until March 15, HOW 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


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


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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[Cover image courtesy of HOW Art Museum]

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