Mar 29th – Jun 28th, 2015
Artists: Chen Wei, Chen Shaoxiong, Chen Xiaoyun, Geng Jianyi, He Xiangyu, Hong Hao, Hu Jieming, Leng Guangmin, Li Xiaofei, Li Bangyao, Li Qing, Li Jinghu, Liu Yujia, Liu Jianhua, Liu Weijian, Liu Zhuoquan, Liu Chuang, Liu Wei, Ma Qiusha, Mao Xuhui, Qin Qi, Qiu Xiaofei, Shang Yang, Song Dong, Song Yuanyuan, Jianguo Sui, Wang Luyan, Wang Yuyang, Wang Yin, Wei Honglei, Wu Hao, Xiao Yu, Xu Zhen, Xue Song, Yan Bing, Yang Zhenzhong, Yang Xinguang, Yin Xiuzhen, Yin Qi, Yu Ji, Zhang Enli, Zhang Yaping, Zheng Guogu, Zhuang Hui
The System of Objects features 44 contemporary Chinese artists whose practice varies from painting, sculpture, and installation to video and animation. The exhibition has selected some of the most representative object-related artworks created by Chinese contemporary artists during the past two decades.
In conjunction with the exhibition, there will be talks and lectures under the theme of “object” and an international symposium discussing “Theories of Objects”.
@ Long Museum (West Bund)
Dec 18th – Jun 30th, 2015
Curated by Lu Jing
Artist: Tao Lengyue, Yang Keyang, Yang Qiuren and Xu Xingzhi
The exhibition looks at the art scene in twentieth-century Shanghai through the museum collection and archives.
@ S.O Art Space
Jun 13 – Jul 12, 2015
@ Shanghai Yibo Gallery
Jun 13 – Jul 13, 2015
@ Leo Gallery
May 31 – Jul 17, 2015
Curator: Huang Du
Artists: Hu Weiyi, Li Yiwen, Lin Ke, Ren Zhitian, Wen Wu
Microscope displays the individual aesthetic and philosophy of five artists through diverse works and different mediums.
The title of the exhibition “Microscope” was chosen as a way to reflect the current developments of Chinese contemporary art, where artists turned from the ideological narratives and collective expressions, to become more individualistic in their artistic style, depicting personal experiences from daily life.
@ Don Gallery
May 31 – Jul 19, 2015
Artists: Hu Zi, Liu Ren, Su Chang, Zhang Ruyi, Zhang Yunyao
This exhibition showcases five artists, displaying some of their recent works.
1 July–19 July, Daily 10am – 9pm
Special opening: 6pm, 16 July 2015
Artists: Gao Mingyan and Wang Yiquan
MoCA Pavilion, the new experimental space of Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, presents: Faith, Courage, Three Pounds of Flax, a conceptualist exhibition realized through a collaboration of the two artists Gao Mingyan and Wang Yiquan. Taking performance art as its point of departure, the artists have worked in various ways, individually and collectively conducting artistic interventions, performative actions and group interviews in order to explore a core question, namely “what is the most cherished attribute for an artist in his or her day to day life?”
Jun 13 – Jul 26, 2015
@ C14 Gallery (Shanghai, China)
During the past ten years Zheng Zhiyuan has been to every street of Shanghai. He does his utmost to extract the pure feelings from the complicated even chaotic urban landscapes, to respond to these scenes with prudent investigations and to evoke contemplations and reflections.
Jun 7 – Jul 26, 2015
@ Long Museum（West Bund)
Curated by McCausland Shane
Regarded as one of China’s foremost artists and a pioneer of abstraction, Ding Yi (b. 1962, Shanghai) has been painting crosses since the late 1980s: his series of paintings, whether predominantly black, based on tartan or else elaborated in intense fluorescent colours, all bear the title Appearance of Crosses with a date.
The exhibition is a fitting celebration of a group of new works on plywood from 2015. Deliberately created on a large scale with the massive central space of the Long Museum in mind, the artist uses thick layers of lacquer-like paint scored through to reveal searing layers of colour, structured as always by his trademark grid idiom. Complementing the new work, the exhibition will feature up to one hundred further paintings and drawings on media including canvas, tartan and paper.
@ Bund 22, organised by Philippe Staib Gallery
July 4th – August 3rd
Qu Qianmei was born in Jiangnan, a place that represents a cultural ideal of ancient poets and painters, and which informed the early development of this young artist. It was Paris that informed Qianmei’s artistic development, and Tibet that lifted her spiritualism.
Qu started painting from a young age, studying traditional painting under Mr. Qiu Yuren before she set off for France to continue her studies and remained for over 20 years. In 2008 she returned to China to study materials at Central Academy of Fine Arts’ Mixed Media Oil Painting Department, and thus commenced the newest creations of her abstract art.
A few years ago she had a life changing visit to Tibet: “What touched me most is the piety of the Buddhists. They measure the ground by their bodies. Listening to their chanting and contentment really struck my soul, shaped it into less vanity and more self-ease. My work has transformed greatly since as well”, she said.
Using her own unique artistic language, Qu presents an artistic conception of Eastern philosophy through fusion of materials, forms and contents, layer by layer. Inspired by Wassily Kandinsky’s notion of two types of paintings, the material and the spiritual, Qu’s abstract art creations fall certainly in to the latter.
Philippe Staib: “Qu Qianmei’s artworks remind me of a great talent. At first glance her works exhale an intimate garden, like a deep dip in the reactions on my eyes and my feelings. To collaborate with an artist like her is to share what we love, what makes us react.”
@ The Long Museum（West Bund）
May 16 – Aug 8, 2015
Guan Liang (1900-1986), courtesy name Liang Gong, was born in Panyu, Guangdong Province. He went to Japan in 1917, studying at Kawabata Institution and later at Pacific Art Association. When in Japan, he spent much time studying the works by European modern artists like Monet, Manet, Van Gogh, Matisse and Picasso. After returning to China, he taught at Shanghai Fine Arts School, Shanghai Arts University and the National Academy of Art in Hangzhou. During the period of new China, he served as trustee of China Artist Association, vice chairman of Shanghai Artist Association, researcher of Shanghai Research Institute of Culture and History, professional painter at Shanghai Chinese Painting Institute, professor of Zhejiang Art Academy, director and advisor of the Fine Arts Institute of Shanghai Jiaotong University and committee member of Shanghai Federation of Literary and Art Circles.
As one of the first generation of Chinese artists studying abroad, like many others, Guan Liang also chose to integrate into his own practice exaggerated shapes, large areas of contrasting colors by flat brush stroke and simple line drawing that were often seen in Gauguin, Van Gogh and Matisse’s works. Such efforts could be clearly perceived in his earlier works. After returning to China, he started to learn Chinese painting in the 1920s and drew his inspiration from not only modern masters like Wu Changshuo, Qi Baishi, Huang Binhong, Liu Haisu and Pan Tianshou but also ancient masters like BadaShanren. As a result, he managed to develop a signature style of his own which ingeniously blended Chinese and western techniques and interpreted the spirit of Chinese art with a modern touch, leading to a new chapter in the history of Chinese painting. According to Cheng Shifa, a renowned Chinese painter and cartoonist, Guan Liang was indeed a master that the history of modern Chinese painting could not leave behind. It was him who first introduced concepts of western modern painting into Chinese ink painting and presented the highly acclaimed opera figure series.
When speaking of Guan Liang’s opera figures, the first thing that occurred to people would be series of vividly delineated artistic figures that were full of vigor and fun. These mesmerizing figures skillfully embody the purity, innocence and optimism lying in the nature of Chinese people. The unique sense of Chineseness radiated from the seemingly simple and yet brightly colored figures makes his work a cup of tea that is highly worth taking the time to taste.
9 July-8 August (11:00am – 19:00pm, closed on Monday)
London based Heatherwick Studio epitomises the spirit of invention of a new wave of British designers. This exhibition is a window into the studio that has become renowned for projects such as the UK Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010.
Curated by Kate Goodwin, Drue Heinz Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts, and designed by Heatherwick Studio, the exhibition offers unique insights into the ideas and experiments that go into realising projects that span architecture and engineering, as well as furniture, sculpture and product design. Drawings, models, and films from the past 20 years capture the studio’s spirit of discovery, demonstrating their imaginative and entrepreneurial approach to design.
@ Jewelvary Art and Boutique
Jun 5 – Aug 10
@ Arario Gallery
Jun 12 – Aug 16
May 16 – Aug 16
Yona Friedman (1923–), a legendary figure in the architecture world for his ‘mobile architecture’ theory during the 1950s and his questioning of Le Corbusier’s assertion that residents should adapt to buildings, instead suggesting that architects must learn from residents.
The exhibition is divided into two sections. The first charts the development of “Mobile Architecture” theory with a series of draft sketches and models. The second explores improvisation as a possibility in architecture.
@ MadeIn Gallery
Jun 6th – Aug 24th
Jun 9 – Aug 30, 2015
@ Aurora Museum
Curated by Quadrio Davide and Yeh Shaway