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.
Date: Until October 8, 9 am – 5 pm
Venue: Shanghai Museum No.2 Exhibition Hall
Address: 201 People’s Avenue
Call 6372-3500 for more details
Balkrishna Doshi: Celebrating Habitat – The Real, the Virtual and the Imaginary
This will be the first retrospective exhibition in China for Balkrishna Doshi, India’s highly acclaimed architect, urban planner, educator, academician and institution builder. The exhibition showcases more than thirty pieces of the Indian architect’s notable works, including personal and public housing, community projects, educational institution, urban planning and furniture design. Represented in multiple scales, these architecture projects aim to construct a philosophical retrospection of Doshi’s practice spanning 62 years, hoping to inspire young Chinese architects about the possibility of the application of modernist architecture in China and, at the same time, invite the audience to experience architecture as the celebration of habitat.
Date: Until October 29, Tuesday to Sunday, 11 am – 7 pm
Venue: Power Station of Art
Address: 200 Huangyungang Road, Huangpu District
Call 3110-8550 for more details
Current: Contemporary Art from Scotland
Curated by Shanghai Himalayas Museum in collaboration with Cooper Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee in the UK and organized in partnership with the British Council, Current: Contemporary Art from Scotland is a four-phase contemporary art exhibition program showcasing – for the first time in China – the distinctiveness of contemporary art made in Scotland, its grass-roots spirit and its keen debates with the social dimensions of art and culture. The third phase will feature Bruce McLean, one of the major figures of British contemporary art, and Ross Sinclair, an artist, writer and musician. The two artists probe into “the contemporary” in the form of video, photography, installation and performance.
Date: September 22 to November 10, Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm
Venue: Shanghai Himalayas Museum
Address: 869 Yinghua Road, Pudong New Area
Admission: 30 yuan
Call 5033-9801 for more details
Shoes: Pleasure and Pain
Swire Properties has partnered with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), the world’s leading museum of art and design, to bring its critically acclaimed exhibition – “Shoes: Pleasure and Pain” to Asia for the first time. This exhibition explores how shoes can cause both irritation as well as comfort for the wearer; and more importantly, how footwear choices reflect human and societal behavior. Featuring over 140 pairs of shoes from around the world and from as far back as the 1370’s, visitors can also admire footwear created by iconic designers or items worn by international celebrities, diving into the fascinating world of a shoe collector. This exhibition comprises five sections: Transformation, Status, Seduction, Creation and Obsession. The V&A’s shoe collection is unrivalled; objects on display include footwear from around the globe including Africa, Asia and Europe. The exhibition is curated by Helen Persson, who uses the collection to explore the transformative power of footwear; and how, more than any other aspect of dress, it has been used to express personality and capture identity. For modern day shoe-lovers, this exhibition will be a unique opportunity to experience first-hand the iconic designs of Salvatore Ferragamo, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Vivienne Westwood, Roger Vivier, Karl Lagerfeld and Zaha Hadid. There will also be a host of additional exhibits, ranging from sketches and accessories to shoes worn by Charlie Chaplin, Paul Newman, Princess Diana and Dita Von Teese. The final section of the exhibition, Obsession, will immerse visitors in the world of the shoe collector. The exhibition will then make its way in 2018 to Chengdu, Guangzhou and Beijing, before finally finishing its tour at Pacific Place in Hong Kong.
Date: September 22 to November 5, 11 am – 9 pm
Venue: HKRI Taikoo Hui
Address: 789 Nanjing Road West, Jing’an Distirct
Call 2208-3500 for more details