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 ഏ ݡ ѷ༅ܽ
Address: 201 Renmin Da Dao
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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 ഏ ݡ༦છটૌඓܽ Address: 869 Yinghua Road
Admission: 120 yuan per through ticket, 80 yuan per weekday ticket
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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 ഏ ݡ ണႜၣඓᇖྖ
Address: 2555-1 Longteng Avenue
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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 ഏ ݡ༦છটૌඓܽ
Address: 869 Yinghua Road
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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 ഏ ݡ֙քၣඓѷ༅ܽ
Address: 200 Huayuangang Road, Huangpu District
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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 Centerഏ ݡ൮౼൮૽ڢ༇ᇖྖ
Address: 2F, 510 Caoyang Road Ҫသ 510ރ2
Call 6244-1118 for more details