The Power Station of Art’s design center presents China’s first solo exhibition for Henryk Tomaszewski, the late Polish graphic artist. An internationally acclaimed graphic designer, illustrator, stage artist and educator, Tomaszewski was well known for his signature free-hand graphic expressions and sarcasm between those concise strokes. His unique visual language not only helped found the highly distinctive character of the Polish Poster School, but also exerted major influences on the modern graphic design field in France, Britain and the West as a whole. The exhibition will display more than 200 of Tomaszewski’s original works, including 40 of the designer’s handcrafted original screen printed posters, 100 original prints of book designs and 120 illustration sketches made available to the global audience for the first time. The exhibition is curated by famous designer He Jianping. Date: Until September 15, Tuesday to Sunday 11 am – 7 pm Venue: Power Station of Art
A History of the World in 100 Objects
In the study of any culture, a universal conundrum is how to avoid interpreting that culture’s history through a narrative of Self and Other. It is hard enough to be objective in telling the history of any one nation, let alone that of the whole world. There is no history not narrated from the perspective of the sociopolitical interest group the author belongs to. People who are told of their own history tend to believe that the history and culture of other nations must be very different from theirs. In this sense, A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum is a remarkable breakthrough. It tells a history of all humanity not through words, which can easily tinted by subjective opinions, but through objects created by human beings. By compiling man-made items spanning most continents from 2 million years ago through the present day, the exhibition breaks conventional barriers between subjects of archeology, history and the arts. It shows how different cultures share similar processes of development and how they react to each other after making contact, which challenges our views of “globalization.” History of the World in 100 Objects started as a joint project of the British Museum and BBC, comprising a 100-part radio series. A book that accompanied the series was published in 2010. Date: Until October 8, 9 am – 5 pm Venue: Shanghai Museum No 2 Exhibition Hall Address:
Philippe Parreno, Synchronicity
Over the past twenty years, Parreno has radically redefined the exhibition-going experience by exploring its possibilities as a medium in its own right. Realized in dialogue with the physicality and functionality of the museum’s architecture, this exhibition will alter the building’s current existence through an unexpected use of time, space, light and sound to become a semi-automated puppet; a perpetual motion of events in which Parreno subverts the conventions of the gallery space. On the museum’s glass rooftop, Parreno will install a heliostat that will direct sunlight down into the fourth-floor space in a carefully choreographed ensemble of natural light that dances in sync with the movement of the blinds. A vertical plane in line with the building’s own axis will cut through the spaces of the exhibition, each floor becoming a template of the other. The plane will be visible on the first floor lobby next to a rotating secret bookcase door; on the second floor, a large-scale screen will play a new rendition of Parreno’s 2000 film Anywhere Out of the World. Date: Until September 17, Tuesday to Sunday 10 am – 6 pm Venue: Rockbund Art Museum Address: No 20 Huqiu Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 20ރ Admission: 50 yuan Call 3310-9985 for more details
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