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All the Big Art Exhibitions Happening in: September ’23

Modernist masters, post-modern architecture, Parisian memories, and more...
2023-09-19 12:00:00

As the autumn leaves begin to fall, we're looking forward to the busy arts season in November when a bunch of the major galleries of the world descend on the city for Shanghai Arts Week. After a rough and then slow few years, a series of returning annual platforms and exhibitions are slated to consume our free time from about the second week of November until basically the end of the month. The Shanghai Biennale, ART021, the Shanghai Art Fair, and more -- look for those in November.

But for the rest of September and October, look for these...

Modern Time - Masterpieces from the Collection of Museum Berggruen / NationalGalerie Berlin

This one collects and serves up a bunch of luminaries from the Modernist pantheon, and even casual fans will find something that they can recognize, scratch their chin at, and maybe post a photo on Moments of. To wit: Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Henri Matisse, Alberto Giacometti, Paul Cézanne, and Georges Braque. They're getting the band back together at UCCA Edge.

Nearly a hundred representative works across various mediums such as painting, sculpture, and paper-cutting are presented. Shanghai is the third stop of the international touring exhibition of the Collection of Museum Berggruen, after two stops in Japan at Tokyo and Osaka. The curation follows a chronological structure aligned with the creation of the works themselves, presenting visitors with an evolving picture of the art masters' creative journeys. It covers a lot of ground: Fauvism, Cubism, Surrealism, and more, while presenting the changes that characterized the artistic landscape of the 20th century.

Time: Daily except Mondays until October 8, from 10am-7pm

Venue: UCCA Edge

Address: 88 Xizang Bei Lu, near Tiantong Lu, Jing'an District

Price:Entry fee, 150rmb

Kengo Kuma: Architecture for the Five Senses

Kengo Kuma, one of the top architects in contemporary Japan and the mastermind behind the Tokyo Olympics' main stadium, presents an exhibition that examines architecture and nature in the post-epidemic era.

(Are we "post" yet? **cough** **cough**)

Their focus is on exploring a new future for architecture, starting with the five senses of vision, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. This exhibition marks Kengo Kuma's most extensive and experiential retrospective to date, showcasing various forms, including architectural models, music, fragrance (!), large-scale installations, multimedia art, literature, and calligraphy. The aim here is to engage the audience's senses through multiple media and inspire contemplation of form and perception.

If you're interested in the next idea in architecture and ecology, it's one to check out.

Time: Daily except Monday until October 6, 10am-6pm

Venue: Fosun Foundation

Address: 600 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu, near Dongmen Lu, Huangpu District

Price:entry fee, 128rmb

Paris Moderne 1914-1945

"Paris is always a good idea."

The Golden Age of Paris, right up to World War II is remembered and celebrated in this multi-genre exhibition celebrating the architectural and cultural development of the city in its heyday. This exhibition will showcase over 300 diverse pieces, encompassing architectural models, manuscripts, paintings, jewelry, photography, films, clothing, and more. Through these diverse artifacts, it will offer a vivid portrayal of the 30-year history of creative passion in the city of Paris.

This exhibition offers a chance to deepen your appreciation for the beauty of the city of Paris -- and maybe indulge in a little nostalgia. In addition to traditional displays, they've got video projections, lighting effects, and immersive multi-screen film environments to create imagined, atmospheric scenes that evoke the "moveable feast" of Parisian urban life in the last century. The exhibition is co-curated by renowned architectural historian Jean-Louis Cohen, architect Pascal Mory, and fashion historian Catherine Örmen.

Time: Daily except Monday until October 20, 11am-7pm

Venue: Power Station of Art

Address: 200 Huayuangang Lu, near Miaojiang Lu, Huangpu District

Price: 80rmb