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Path­ways to Mod­ernism: Amer­i­can Art, 1865-1945

The ex­trav­a­gance and au­dac­ity of Amer­i­can art rep­re­sented by pop art should be vastly fa­mil­iar to au­di­ences in China. Like any other cul­tural phe­nom­e­non, Amer­i­can art has taken shape over time. Path­ways to Mod­ernism: Amer­i­can Art, 1865–1945 aims to of­fer view­ers a rich pre­lude to the Amer­i­can art of the post-war pe­riod through 80 paint­ings and prints cre­ated be­tween 1865 and 1945, a cru­cial time in the his­tory of the United States. Over the course of these 80 years, the United States evolved from an agrar­ian so­ci­ety into an in­dus­trial na­tion. The Civil War ir­re­vo­ca­bly changed the so­cial fab­ric of the 50 states and ush­ered in new tech­nolo­gies and a growth of in­dus­try. The wealth gen­er­ated by in­creased in­dus­trial pro­duc­tion laid the ground­work for the flow­er­ing of the arts. Amer­i­can artists de­vel­oped in­no­va­tive styles un­der the in­flu­ences of mul­ti­ple artis­tic move­ments. New modes of trans­porta­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and en­ter­tain­ment of­fered artists new ex­pe­ri­ences and sub­jects. In the first half of the 20th cen­tury, Amer­i­can art grew in so­phis­ti­ca­tion, such that by the end of World War II, it was poised to take its place at the cen­ter of the art world. All the works in this ex­hi­bi­tion were se­lected from the Art In­sti­tute of Chicago and the Terra Foun­da­tion for Amer­i­can Art from the US. This ad is based on a story on the web­site of Shang­hai Mu­seum.

Date: Septem­ber 28 to Jan­uary 6, 2019, Tues­day through Sun­day, 9 am to 5 pm

Venue: Shang­hai Mu­seum

Ad­dress: 201 Ren­min Da Dao

Ad­mis­sion: Free

Call 6372 3500 for more in­for­ma­tion


This ex­hi­bi­tion tells a story that ex­plores the 50-year pe­riod of Napoléon Bon­a­parte’s leg­endary life, in which he as a teenager from Cor­sica was even­tu­ally crowned Em­peror in France and fi­nally ex­iled to Saint He­lena. In this time he had love af­fairs with his two wives – Joséphine de Beauhar­nais and Maria Luise von Öster­re­ich. The story is nar­rated with strongly con­trast­ing con­tem­po­rary art­works and gives a com­pre­hen­sive and re­al­is­tic pre­sen­ta­tion of Napoléon’s rich, ex­cit­ing life ex­pe­ri­ence. The ex­hi­bi­tion in­cludes 185 re­lated an­tiques such as paint­ings and sculp­tures cre­ated for Napoléon, his manuscripts and writ­ings, clothes, pre­cious or­na­ments, fur­ni­ture and daily or mil­i­tary ne­ces­si­ties. This spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion is cocu­rated by Shen Qibin, Board Chair­man of Shang­hai Hi­malayas Mu­seum, and Dr Bernard Che­val­lier, the global Napoléon ex­pert who once served as the cu­ra­tor of Château de Fon­tainebleau. This ad is based on a story from the of­fi­cial WeChat ac­count of Shang­hai Hi­malayas Mu­seum.

Date: Oc­to­ber 27 to Fe­bru­ary 28, 2019, Tues­day to Sun­day, 10 am to 6 pm

Venue: Shang­hai Hi­malayas Mu­seum

Ad­dress: 869 Yinghua Road

Ad­mis­sion: 120 yuan per through ticket, 80 yuan per week­day ticket

Call 5033 9801 for more in­for­ma­tion

An­other Way of Telling

An­other Way of Telling show­cases al­most 100 works from the rich, dy­namic ca­reers of Anna Fox and Karen Knorr, two lead­ing doc­u­men­tary pho­tog­ra­phers in the UK. In their work, acer­bic wit is brought to sharp so­cial com­men­tary on sub­jects that are seen through two highly in­di­vid­ual per­spec­tives that wrap in a warm dose of hu­mor the pho­tog­ra­phers’ pen­e­trat­ing in­sight into the is­sues of our times. The ex­hi­bi­tion in­cludes se­lec­tions from rep­re­sen­ta­tive themes in each of their bod­ies of work. Ad­di­tion­ally, it fea­tures en­tire series that rep­re­sent photo es­says on the sub­ject of class, work­ing en­vi­ron­ments, and self-aware­ness, pre­sented from distinct, al­ter­na­tive per­spec­tives. Fine ex­am­ples are Anna Fox’s two series Work Sta­tions, and Bas­ingstoke, dis­played in con­trast to Karen Knorr’s series ti­tled Bel­gravia, all of which high­light the gulf in class at­ti­tudes. Karen Knorr’s Punks, pro­duced to­gether with Swiss pho­tog­ra­pher Olivier Ri­chon, doc­u­mented the first gen­er­a­tion of the punk mu­sic move­ment in the UK in the mid-1970s. Through these works we see the pho­tog­ra­phers’ think­ing about cul­ture, gen­der, en­vi­ron­ment, and na­ture. The ex­hib­tion is cu­rated by Hao Xu, a pho­tog­ra­pher, artist, writer and cu­ra­tor based in Shang­hai. It is sup­ported by the Bri­tish Coun­cil, and is one of the Bri­tish Coun­cil in China’s “In­spir­ing Women in the Arts” pro­gram.

Date: Septem­ber 20 to Novem­ber 18, Tues­day to Sun­day, 10:30 am to 5:30 pm

Venue: Shang­hai Cen­tre of Pho­tog­ra­phy

Ad­dress: 2555-1 Longteng Av­enue

Ad­mis­sion: 40 yuan

Call 5228 9606 for more in­for­ma­tion

Now & Be­yond: Hu Xiangcheng Solo Ex­hi­bi­tion

Now & Be­yond: Hu Xiangcheng Solo Ex­hi­bi­tion, con­sists of 12 large-sized in­stal­la­tion works. Hu Xiangcheng, the artist, uses dif­fer­ent items in­clud­ing waste prod­ucts, scaf­fold­ing, plas­tics, metal and LED lights to cre­ate artis­tic in­stal­la­tions and in­te­grate them into spe­cific space struc­tures of the mu­seum, aim­ing to in­spire peo­ple through shock­ing vi­su­als to think about the prospects of hu­mans and the world. Hu is an in­ter­na­tion­ally fa­mous artist and a na­tive Shang­hainese born in 1950. The ex­hi­bi­tion is an im­por­tant pub­lic wel­fare project of the Shang­hai Hi­malayas Mu­seum. As the de­vel­op­ment of sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy ac­cel­er­ates, hu­mans have be­come more and more pow­er­ful. The nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment has been dra­mat­i­cally changed by hu­man life, which causes se­ri­ous and even ur­gent prob­lems. If these prob­lems are not cor­rectly per­ceived and solved, the change of na­ture will af­fect all mankind in the near fu­ture.

Date: Oc­to­ber 15 to Novem­ber 30, Tues­day to Sun­day, 10 am to 6 pm

Venue: Shang­hai Hi­malayas Mu­seum

Ad­dress: 869 Yinghua Road

Ad­mis­sion: Free

Call 5033 9801 for more in­for­ma­tion

Lose your mind – David Shrigley solo ex­hi­bi­tion ar­rives in Shang­hai

Lose Your Mind is the pre­miere solo ex­hi­bi­tion of Bri­tish artist David Shrigley in China. Run­ning from Septem­ber 8 to Novem­ber 14, it fea­tures more than 400 pieces of un­ti­tled draw­ings by Shrigley and some rep­re­sen­ta­tive works that he made over the past 30 years in mul­ti­ple fields in­clud­ing art, de­sign and pop­u­lar cul­ture. The 1:1 scale in­flat­able ver­sion of Re­ally Good, a 7-me­ter-high bronze sculp­ture made by Shir­g­ley in 2016, is a high­light of the ex­hi­bi­tion. Show­ing an elon­gated thumb’s up, this work was se­lected as one of the most im­por­tant pub­lic art com­mis­sions in the UK. Shrigley queries the ex­ist­ing def­i­ni­tion of con­tem­po­rary art and chal­lenges the tra­di­tional bound­aries of art-mak­ing through cre­ative prac­tice. This ex­hi­bi­tion aims to shake up peo­ple’s as­sump­tions by break­ing down ex­ist­ing un­der­stand­ings on con­tem­po­rary art. The artist has set up many rous­ing hur­dles in the ex­hi­bi­tion, in­tend­ing to al­low peo­ple to empty their brain and feel en­light­ened by the chaos. Some mis­lead­ing but playful sig­nage such as “No Pho­to­graphs” and “Imag­ine the Green is Red” will make the au­di­ence lose their mind, as the ti­tle of the ex­hi­bi­tion in­di­cates. This ex­hi­bi­tion was jointly or­ga­nized by the Bri­tish Coun­cil and the power sta­tion of De­sign, a cre­ative ex­ten­sion of the Shang­hai-based Power Sta­tion of Art.

Date: Septem­ber 8 to Novem­ber 14, Tues­day through Sun­day, 11 am to 7 pm

Venue: Power Sta­tion of Art

Ad­dress: 200 Huayuan­gang Road, Huangpu District

Ad­mis­sion: Free

Call 3110-8550 for more de­tails

Shang­hai Mar­riage Cul­ture Mu­seum opens to pub­lic

As China’s first pro­vin­cial level mu­seum of its kind, the new Shang­hai Mar­riage Cul­ture Mu­seum show­cases the his­tori- cal evo­lu­tion of Shang­hai’s mar­riage cul­ture from the Qing Dy­nasty (1644–1911) on­ward and fo­cuses on the de­velop- ment of lo­cal mar­riage cul­ture af­ter the es­tab­lish­ment of the Peo­ple’s Re­pub­lic of China. The mu­seum presents lo­cal mar­riage cus­toms and wed­ding rit­u­als and records the de­vel­op­ment of the city’s mar­riage reg­is­tra­tion sys­tem in dif­fer- ent eras through texts, graphs, photos, ob­jects and mul­ti­me­dia pre­sen­ta­tions. Di­vided into three sec­tions (Shang­hai mar­riage reg­is­tra­tion man­age­ment, mar- riage cus­toms and fam­ily dis­ci­plines) the mu­seum fea­tures 137 pho­to­graphs and 236 dowries col­lected over the decades. A va­ri­ety of daily ob­jects that were once com­monly used in al­most ev­ery Shang- hainese house­hold are also on dis­play, in­clud­ing enam­eled wash­basins, a 555-brand me­chan­i­cal alarm clock, glass plates and porce­lain teapots and jars.

Date: Mon­day to Fri­day, 9 am to 4:30 pm, Satur­day, 9 am to 3 pm

Venue: Pu­tuo District Res­i­dent Ser­vice

Ad­dress: 2F, 510 Caoyang Road

Ad­mis­sion: Free

Call 6244-1118 for more de­tails

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