Ex­hi­bi­tions

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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 Ad­mis­sion: Free 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 Ad­mis­sion: Free 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: Un­til 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: Un­til Novem­ber 5, 11 am – 9 pm

Venue: HKRI Taikoo Hui Ad­dress: 789 Nan­jing Road West, Jing’an Di­s­tirct Ad­mis­sion: Free Call 2208-3500 for more de­tails

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