6 Shanghai Art Exhibitions to Check Out This Weekend

By That's Shanghai, December 20, 2019

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

The Omen – Gao Yuan Solo Exhibition

Image courtesy of Capsule Shanghai

Born in Kunming in 1986, Gao Yuan’s work centers around animation and painting. Her fascinating and surreal animated short film, Lunar Dial, took her years to make and made an appearance at the Vancouver Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2017. She's back at Capsule Shanghai for a second time, this time with another short film called Cloud of the Unknown and with paintings used in the film. The short is a preview of what is to come for Gao, as she aims to turn the story in Cloud of the Unknown in a full feature-length film. 

Until December 25, Capsule Shanghai

Jean-Michel Othoniel and Pierre Soulages Concurrent Exhibitions

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

A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever – Tess Dumon Solo Exhibition

Image courtesy of Galerie Dumonteil

French artist Tess Dumon’s work arrives in Shanghai just in time for Art02. Her minimal painted figures largely revolve around humans and animals, with the title of exhibition taken from John Keats’ poem ‘Endymion.” The work shown in this exhibition contains quite a bit of childlike joy, of wonder at the existence of animals and their place within the mythology of human beings. Her paintings are thought-provoking but also deeply emotive, sparking joy. 

Until December 29, Galerie Dumonteil

What Makes Computers So Intriguing, So Nonsensical? 

Image courtesy of Chronus Art Center

Taking inspiration from the famed 1957 exhibition This is Tomorrow. Just what is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing? in London, which laid bare consumerist trends and tendencies of the period. Taking the original title and inserting the word computers, a group of six artists from all over the world attempt to dive beneath the familiarity of computers, in order to dissect the more insidious influence that computers have on our lives, coming courtesy of the excellent Chronus Art Center. 

Until December 30, Chronus Art Center.

Bob Dylan Retrospectrum

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

Ocean II Ocean – Cyprien Gaillard Solo Exhibition

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

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[Cover image via Perrotin]

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