Mainland China’s first large-scale exhibition of works by Claude Monet will be displayed at Shanghai’s K11 shopping mall starting next week. Yes, paintings by the master of French Impressionism are being displayed in a mall, but it’s an art mall so we’ll just shut up and be grateful.
“Master of Impressionism—Claude Monet” will feature 40 original Monet paintings along with 15 works by other Impressionist artists on loan from the Paris Marmottan Monet Museum. The exhibition is meant to “create new dialogues on Impressionism and the role of art in the Chinese society.”
“We are thrilled and honoured to be able to bring the first Monet show to Mainland China for the very first time,” K11 Art Foundation chairman Arian Cheng said in a press release, adding that the display will “provide young Chinese artists, students of art and our community with the unique opportunity to rediscover and reinterpret Impressionism.”
Jing Daily points out that the Shanghai Museum exhibited Monet alongside other French painters last year at the Sterling Francine Clark Institute International Tour, kind of debunking Cheng’s claim that it is Monet’s first exhibition in the mainland, but eh, eh, whatever.
The exhibition begins Saturday, March 8 and runs until June 15. K11 Art Mall is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and is located at 300 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Huangpi Nan Lu, Huangpu district.