Yang FuDong “New Women” Exhibition @ ShanghArt H-Space (M50) // May 9
Artist: Yang Fudong
“New Women” is a five-channel video installation, Yang Fudong’s most recent video work. New Women was commissioned by TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) where it was presented for the first time in 2013 to high acclaim, which was curated by Noah Cowan and Davide Quadrio. New Women will also be shown in Art Unlimited/Art Basel this summer.
New Women is inspired by the decadent atmosphere of Shanghai in the 1920s and 1930s, a period that has been captured in some of the best-loved Chinese films today and remains influential among Chinese artists in general.
Read more here.
Opening: May 9, 2014, 17:00 – 19:00
Duration: May 10 – June 16, 2014, Daily 10:00 -18:00
Venue: ShanghART H-Space, Building 18, No.50 Moganshan Road
Contact: [email protected] | www.shanghartgallery.com
Jeffrey Shaw & Hu Jieming: Twofold Solo Exhibition @ Chronus Art Center // May 9
Artists: Jeffrey Shaw, Hu Jieming
Collaborative Artists: Thierry Arredondo, Neil Brown, Jean Michel Bruyère, Dennis Del Favero, Sarah Kenderdine, Ulf Langheinrich, Elizabeth LeCompte, Bernd Lintermann, Matthew McGinity, Davide Quadrio, Lothar Spree, The Wooster Group, Edwin Nadason Thumboo, Delphine Varas, Peter Weibel, Zhu Xiaowen (No particular order)
Curators: Richard Castelli, Edward Sanderson, SenSend, Art Yan
Art Director: Li Zhenhua
Visitors will for the first time see all the major works created for AVIE in one location, featuring collaborations with artists from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. In addition, visitors are also invited to look through and play with two individual timelines for each artists, hu and Shaw, by operating a touch table placed on-site, to discover how their practice intersects at certain points amongst a web of different artistic categories.
The exhibition will be accompanied and expanded upon by a series of seminars and round-table discussions on the weekends, on various artistic, technological and academic topics encountered and inspired by the artistic works showcased in the exhibition.
Opening: May 9 2014, 4.00 p.m.
Duration: May 9 – November 28, 2014 [Full exhibition calendar here]
Venue: Chronus Art Center, Bldg.18, No.50, Moganshan Road
Contact: +86 21 52715789 / [email protected]
“Pagoda” @ OFOTO Gallery (M50) // May 9
Artists: Cao Yingbin, Chen Zanyun, Christopher Taylor, Dong Wensheng, Han Dong, Han Lei, Hong Lei, Li Dongyuan, Li Jie, Luo Yongjin, Shen Ye, Wang Yabin, Wang Zhongjie, Wu Yuntie, Zhang Jijun, Zhou Yongjie.
Essay: Chen Haiyan
OFOTO Gallery presents the group show “Pagoda” featuring works by a group of international artists including Cao Yingbin, Chen Zanyun, Luo Yongjin and Christopher Taylor. More info here.
Opening: 2014.05.09 / 16:00 – 18:00
Duration: 2014.05.09 – 2014.06.27 / 10:00 – 18:00
Venue: OFOTO Gallery. 2F, Building 13, 50 Moganshan Rd., Shanghai, China
Contact: +86 21 6298 5416 / [email protected]
“Simulation & Simulacra” @ Around Space // May 10
Artists: Dou Rongjun, xiang Qinghua, Sen Lin
In his “L’Echange symbolique et la mort” published in the 1970s, Jean Baudrillard claimed that from the Renaissance to the first industrial revolution, the simulacrum was in the form of the counterfeit—mostly people or objects appearing to stand for a real referent.
Simulation and Simulacra, presented by AroundSpace Gallery, will showcase how artists explored and interpreted the nature and the social environment. Different from other contemporary Chinese artists who pay attention to today’s social reality in China, the three artists focused on their refined experience and individualized landscape. Rongjun Dou’s portraits received a mysterious atmosphere from his special painting techniques; they are between the like and the unlike, which respond to the complexity of the personality of the protagonists in a complex social environment. Sen Lin’s sculptures may be figurative in details, yet they somehow carry the artist’s personal thoughts and moods. Lin’s Shuiyue zhi may be inspired by the gesture of Guanyin, which easily evokes the association with Buddhism. Qinghua Xiang captured the emptiness in the natural and social environment, both real and absurd. AroundSpace created a dialogue environment in the gallery, which not only display the three artists’ works, but also let them collide and resonate with one another, providing more insights to the audience.
More info on the gallery website.
Opening: May 10
Duration: May 10 – June 22 2014 // 10:30am to 6:30pm, closed on Mondays
Venue: Around Space – 703, Chuang Ye Building, 33 Sichuan Zhong Lu, near Yan’an Dong Lu
Contact: 021-33050100, 13801743061 / [email protected]
“Advance through retreat” @ Rockbund Art Museum // May 10
Artists: Du Bianjiang, Jimmie Durham, Zarina Hashmi, Huang Yong Ping, Jiang Zhi, Li Zhengtian, Andreas Mayer-Brennenstuhl, Qiu Zhijie, Wang Qingsong, Pablo Wendel, Xiao Kaiyu, Yang Jiechang, Yangjiang Group, Zheng Guogu. With the works from Mark Tobey, Tsang Tsou Choi.
Curator: Martina Koeppel-Yang
“Advance through retreat” is a strategy relevant for artistic production in China today. This exhibition aims to look at traditional media from a different angle. It sets out to present artistic positions using traditional media and procedures, such as divination, the game, gambling and traditional strategies—for instance, “advance through retreat” — in order to develop autonomous languages that utter positions of resistance to the assimilating tendency and the power structures generated and maintained by a lingua franca. Advance through Retreat attempts to show, how, in specific historical moments, the use of or the retreat into tradition is employed as an efficient strategy of resistance.
Larys Frogier, the Director of the Rockbund Art Museum notes, ” Advance through Retreat is a project in which tradition is embraced by contemporary artists as on-going living practices—from re-writing different layers of art and social histories to the uses and/or misuses of cultural codes, images and mundane objects. It is thus clear that tradition is not only about a simplistic opposition between past and present; it is about an evolving process of using, transforming, reinterpreting, and developing cultures. Hence in the exhibition Advance through Retreat, tradition is represented, performed and questioned as a whole set of practices, images, and objects based on vernacular, daily activities.”
You can find more details about the exhibition and all related events on their website.
Opening: May 10, 13.30
Program: 10:00 – 18:00 Tuesdays – Sundays
Address: 20 Huqiu Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
Contact: +86 21-3310 9985 / [email protected]
By Andreea Dragut
[Photo via Rockbund Art Museum]