9 Exhibitions Not to Miss This November in Shanghai Art Week
Hao Jingban, Forsaken Landscapes 2019, 2019, Installation view of “HUGO BOSS ASIA ART 2019”, Rockbund Art Museum. Courtesy the artist and Blindspot Gallery. Photo provided by Rockbund Art Museum.
Zhang Ding, High-speed Forms #1, 2019, galvanized barrier, electric wheelchair, automatic positioning control system, dimensions variable. Image courtesy of OCAT Contemporary Art Terminal Shanghai and ShanghART Gallery.
As the art world gathers in Shanghai next week for ART021 and West Bund Art & Design, and exhibitions are in high abundance, it can be difficult to decide what to see (because there’s never enough time for it all right?). So let us try to make that task a bit easier. Here are nine exhibitions that are high on our lists.
Gordon Matta-Clark (1943-1978) represents a unique case in 20th-century art history. He treated buildings as his artistic medium and is best known for his “cuttings” and reflections on “anarchitecture.” Starting in New York’s downtown SoHo district in the early 1970s, he cut into buildings as if drawing freely in space, producing some of the most celebrated artworks that continue to inspire generations of artists and architects today. As the first large-scale exhibition of Matta-Clark’s work in China, “Passing Through Architecture: The 10 Years of Gordon Matta-Clark” will trace the remarkable thinking and avant-garde works of this interdisciplinary artist from 1968 to 1978 with more than 400 drawings, photo-works, films and archival documents.
The HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award for Emerging Asian Artists since its inception in 2013 has encouraged and promoted new and diverse narratives in contemporary Asian art, while continuously reviewing and improving its own selection methodology. This year, the finalist artists of the fourth edition of the HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award are: Hao Jingban(Mainland China), Hsu Che-Yu (Taiwan), Eisa Jocson (Philippines) and Thảo-Nguyên Phan (Vietnam). From 18 October, 2019 through 5 January, 2020, an exhibition of works by the four finalists will be open to the public at the Rockbund Art Museum, curated by Billy Tang, Senior Curator of Rockbund Art Museum. The winner of the Award will be announced on 6 November; the Award carries a stipend of RMB 300,000.
chi K11 Art Museum, in collaboration with NOWNESS will present a moving-image exhibition entitled “NOWNESS Experiments: The Mesh,” exploring a plethora of enmeshed conditions—media and nature, humans and other life-forms, systems and networks—that define our current epoch. “The Mesh” features a special presentation of The Night Journey (a collaboration between video art pioneer Bill Viola and the USC Game Innovation Lab) and two large-scale multimedia installations by London-based collective Marshmallow Laser Feast. These projects run alongside “D.E.E.P. (Disaster of Extra Epic Proportions),” a moving-image installation exhibition curated by Alvin Li. The exhibition will be accompanied by a program of public screenings featuring nominated films for the inaugural NOWNESS China New Talent Awards.
Inspired by the iconic 1954 movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock, Li Qing’s solo exhibition at Prada Rong Zhai, with the support of Fondazione Prada, will examine the contradictions and the duality of our present lives, divided between authenticity and imitation, reality and reproduction. Titled “Rear Windows,” the exhibition is comprised of new and recent works across various media. Curated by renowned art critic, curator and institutional director, Jérôme Sans, “Rear Windows” is conceived as an immersive and site-specific installation, and an exploration into the history and the space of Prada Rong Zhai, a restored 1918 historical residence in Shanghai.
Inaugurating OCAT Shanghai’s new Qufu Lu location is a solo exhibition of Gansu-born installation artist Zhang Ding. The exhibition at the OCAT Shanghai seeks to re-evaluate the Modernist legacy of linearity, by revisiting a number of important subjects and motifs occurring in Zhang’s 15-year practice, while further developing the core elements of movements, motions, and emotional or atmospheric sculptures that are pertinent to the artist’s investigations. Presented in the exhibition is a highway-speedy spectacle in various playful forms, made available in everyday context as one drives: a complete race track occupies the whole of the museum space; hovering, racing, speeding, is a number of modified electronic wheelchairs.
Opening this November at Yuz Museum, “Open Feast” will be Brooklyn-based artist Eddie Martinez’s first solo exhibition in mainland China. The exhibition will be comprised of a new series of drawings and paintings and will comprehensively explore the artist’s practice as well as his study of pop culture, sports, art history and his personal experiences. Martinez has gained international recognition for his extraordinary use of line and manipulation of color. Based on primal interactions and permeated with the visceral breath of life, his works are fresh and free of stylization. For this exhibition, the artist has produced two of his largest works ever, drawing inspiration from the architecture and atmosphere of the museum. The new works emanate from his most well-known “Table” and “Mandala” series, establishing a breakthrough compared to previous experiments in boundaries and limitations.
For Beijing-based Lu Lei’s first solo exhibition in Shanghai and his second with the gallery, ShanghART presents “Wander Giant,” featuring the artist’s latest works. This exhibition is comprised of five sculptures and installations and forms a part of the larger project which Lu Lei has been planning for some years, using textual narrative as an attempt to depicts a “fantasy of wander giants.”
Entitled “The Annual Report of OCD,” the exhibition will be Zhang Peili’s second solo exhibition at Rén Space and will showcase his latest body of work which seeks to deliver an unconventional expression of “self” and “self portrait.” The artist expands the horizon of his artistic language by combining the use of the latest cutting-edge technology and traditional techniques from science, industries, medicine, and art, to facilitate his deeply personal exploration into the fundamental questions of human condition while erasing false boundaries of ethnicity and superficial differences between individuals by delving deeper into the core of what makes us.
TANK Shanghai, in collaboration with Wiels, presents a large-scale thematic exhibition that reflects on the dualist nature of modern art, departing more specifically from the model of Belgian artists, on extroversion and self-centredness, a convex/concave dynamic that relates to and finds an echo in the way artists represent and imagine an equilibrium between self and world. The exhibition features 15 contemporary Belgian artists: Francis Alÿs, Harold Ancart, Michaël Borremans, Jacques Charlier, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Edith Dekyndt, Michel François, Ann Veronica Janssens, Thomas Lerooy, Mark Manders, Valérie Mannaerts, Luc Tuymans, and Sophie Whettnall.