Nordic Design and Innovation Week
Comprising a week-long exhibition and free workshops galore, this year's Nordic Design and Innovation Week hits up the basement gallery space of K11 art mall in November. This time around, the design get-together looks to sustainable Nordic fashion, featuring over 20 designers and brands spanning wearable tech to wardrobe stewardship. Details are here
, along with a full program of talks and events.
Chi Art Space
K11 Art Mall,
1/F, 300 Huaihai Zhong Lu,
near Huangpi Nan Lu
From Nov 5
FUTURA: Kinetic Action
Legendary American graffiti artist FUTURA started painting New York subway cars in the 1970s. He later went on to work with the likes of Keith Harring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. One of the first graffiti artists to be the subject of his own solo exhibition at NY's Fun Gallery in 1982, he's credited with helping to bring street art in to museums. Known for his geometric and dazzling colour forms, he creates cosmos-like creations of spheres. Here, he presents new works created especially for his Shanghai show - get a sneak peek at the opening on 1 November from 4pm.
From Nov 1
CYJO: Mixed Blood
Minsheng Art Museum is organising a solo exhibition of works by American Korean artist, CYJO. Mixed Blood
features 19 families with children of mixed ethnicity, captured either in photographic portraiture or interviews conducted in both New York and Beijing. The show explores the shaping of identity and culture through tradition, modernization, citizenship, and ethnicity.
From Nov 8
Sebastien Osswald: Idols and Fans
French artist Sebastien Osswald comes to Noeli Gallery for his first ever Shanghai solo this fall. Opting to paint on plaid fabric instead of canvas, Osswald challenges himself to find the best pictorial language to match each and every piece of cloth. Works on show address themes of globalization, new media and virtual relationships.
From Nov 15
Xu Zhen: Blissful as Gods
Produced by locally-based arts collective MadeIn Company, Xu Zhen's Blissful As Gods
takes over ShanghART on Moganshan Lu this winter. Spanning installation, sculpture and painting, the show takes a celestial theme, reimagining traditional Buddhist statues using new, and oftentimes surprising, materials. Expect culture clashes and all round chaos... Should be good.
From Nov 11
Wire and Light: KeySook Geum
Korean artist KeySook Geum works with twisted wire, beads, crystals and pearls to create life-size sculptures of dresses and qipao
that incorporate a distinct glamor, and subtle sense of femininity. Casting playful shadows across gallery walls, Wire and Light
explores altogether new kinds of flowing 'fabrics' and delicate 'lace', all crafted from surprising materials.
From Nov 8
Fang Wei: Assassin
Bund-side space BANK presents a solo show of works of by Fang Wei, his second in Shanghai. On display will be recent paintings, all completed within the past two years. Combining watercolors with thick black Chinese ink, or else embarking on much larger works in oils, his technique lends itself well to his signature ambiguous narratives.
From Nov 15
Social Factory: 10th Shanghai Biennale
Now in its 10th edition, Shanghai Biennale returns this winter for a five-month tenure at Power Station of Art. This one's headed up by young Berlin-based curator, Anselm Franke and takes the theme of 'Social Factory': what characterizes the production of the social and society, and how does it relate to fictions and history? A recurring point of reference throughout the show is 1978 - the year of China's opening-up, and the starting point of contemporary art in China. With this in mind, the selection of works on display aims to examine how this production of the social has changed since then, and in what ways advanced data and profiling technologies have impacted production. The exhibition features works by more than 50 international talents and is accompanied by a yet-to-be-confirmed program of lectures and events.
From Nov 23