7 Shanghai Art Exhibitions to Check Out This Weekend

Thats Shanghai takes a look at the best art exhibits on this weekend:

Zhang Peili, Geng Jianyis Students China Academy of Art

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This exhibition is based around the students who have been thought by forward-thinking professors Zhang Peili (more on him below) and Geng Jianyi at the esteemed Chinese Academy of Art (CAA) in Hangzhou. Works fall under three categories of thought in the CAAs New Media School, video and concepts, viewing and experimenting and expansion and opening. The opening of this exhibition is in collaboration with FutureLab, which is also holding a week-long set of exhibitions, workshops and talks at West Bund Art and Design Center until Dec 1. 

Until January 12, West Bund Art and Design Center, 555 Longteng Da Dao, by Longyao Lu 2555, .

Continuance 20 Years of M50

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Celebrating 20 years of development of Chinese art and, more specifically, Shanghai art, this exhibition takes works from 20 separate artists from the past two decades for the 20th anniversary of M50, with video art, sculpture, painting and more all on display. 

Until December 20, Innovation Art Plus Space, 2-102, 76 Moganshan Lu, by Tianmu Xi Lu 762-102, .

The 3rd Ear Cat Meets The Ntel

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Opening on December 5, this multimedia installation sees Lawrence Lek and Steve Goodman (aka Kode9) once again team up in celebration of London-based label Hyperdubs 15th anniversary. Based within The Ntel, a creation of Lek and Kode9s, The 3rd Ear Cat who runs Hyperdub morphs, integrates with the space and transforms. 

Until December 19, Chronus Art Center, Bldg 18, 50 Moganshan Lu, by Aomen Lu 5018, .

NOWNESS Experiments: The Mesh

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K11 teams up with NOWNESS for a moving images exhibition, which combines a presentation of The Night Journey, a collaboration between video art pioneer Bill Viola and the USC Game Innovation Lab, two large scale multimedia installations by London-based collective Marshmallow Laser Feast, Alvin Lis moving image installation D.E.E.P. and, finally, public screenings of nominees for NOWNESS China New Talent Awards. 

Until December 13, chi K11 Art Museum, B3, 300 Huaihai Zhong Lu, by Huangpi Nan Lu 300B3, .

In Production: Art and the Studio System

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In collaboration with Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Qatar Museums, this landmark exhibition brings together a group of artists who discuss the relationship between visual arts and the movies. Combining installation, mixed media, performative pieces and much more, this exhibition provides and interesting insight into the history of development of the movie studio system over the past century. 

Until March 1, Yuz Museum, 35 Fenggu Lu, by Longteng Dadao 35, .

The Annual Report of OCD Zhang Peili Solo Exhibition

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Zhang Peili breaks off bits off himself for this exhibition, quite literally. The artist recreates his own skeleton and lays it across a surface in pieces, he uses some of his urine in a painting and takes some of his own blood to be encased in a glass structure. That is to name but a few of the fascinating ways in which Zhang explores the idea of ones body. Taking place across multiple rooms on three floors, this exhibition is both thrilling and frighteningly existential. 

Until May 6, Ren Space,  No.10, 133 Shangwen Lu, by Henan Nan Lu 13310, .

 Bob Dylans Retrospectrum

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Sure, Bob Dylan is a Nobel Prize winning writer, poet and lyricist, but his lesser known creative endeavors include painting with oil, acrylic and watercolor, and even include ironwork sculpture. Modern Art Museum, god bless their souls, have collected more than 250 of Dylans works spanning over 40 years to Shanghai this weekend. Dylans early ink experiments will show alongside works from Mondo Scripto sketches. Enjoy this fascinating insight into the creative polymath's works until January. 

Until January 5, Modern Art Museum, 4777 Binjiang Da Dao, by Pudian Lu 4777, . Tickets.

[Cover image courtesy of Hyperdub]

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