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5 New Exhibitions Now Open Around Town

Mar 30, 2018 | 17:29 Fri
The end of the March is packed with exhibitions. With plenty of options at hand plus the fact that entry fees are rising to almost Shanghai cocktail prices, you'll have to be a bit selective. SmSh went to as many new exhibitions as we could last week to check out some of the good ones.


MOCA currently has three exhibitions ongoing. Among them on the second floor is the solo exhibition of French street artist, Seth, whose works have previously popped up in many old alleys and demolished buildings in downtown and urban Shanghai. In a replicated worn-out neighborhood environment, playfulness and melancholy coexist; the pieces are displayed in various ways: in closed spaces, in window frames, or through a hole in the wall. The exhibition showcases a selection of mural paintings, sculptures, and nostalgic subjects of Shanghai in the '80s and '90s.


MOCA is also hosting two fashion-themed exhibitions. On the ground floor is 'Dior, The Art of Color', whose title speaks for itself. The other is 'The Lace Review', a small showroom on the third floor that features around 14 pieces of delicate Leavers lace dresses from Région Hauts-de-France.


Purchase entry tickets at MOCA's WeChat shop or at the door (which is cash-only). Entry fee is 80rmb. You can also use the ticket to get a 20rmb discount at their cafe/ restaurant. Also, MOCA isn't taking any days off during Qingming. Open from 10am to 6pm.


This is the quality exhibition fans of abstract art have been waiting for. Taking place at Rong Zhai -- a historical mansion and also a 2017 internet sensation restored by Prada --- "Roma 1950 - 1965" is the first exhibition launched at this beautiful and luxurious building. Occupying two floors, the show gathers around 30 oil paintings and sculptures from the short-lived but revolutionary Italian art groups "Gruppo Origine" and "Forma 1," whose members include Alberto Burri, Giuseppe Capogrossi, and Ettore Colla.


Aside from displaying these post-war artworks that challenged consumerism in an industrialized society, the exhibition also takes the audience back to the place where art in Rome was confronted by American culture -- the cinema. Further proof that Prada did a great job in regard to execution: each room has at least two guides that are happy to help. These young ladies are very knowledgeable and very helpful.


Since Rong Zhai has a relatively intimate space compared with normal galleries, they have tighter traffic control. You need to reserve a time slot via their WeChat: PRADA_OFFICIAL before you go. Ticket price is 45rmb.


If you haven't taken your trip to Zhangjiang for the 'Lettres du Voyant: Joseph Beuys x Nam June Paik' exhibition at HOW Art Museum, the timing couldn't be better. Possessing an impressive and lavish gift shop (and it's online, too), HOW really put quite an effort into promoting contemporary art among the new middle class in Shanghai. Partnered with Zaha Hadid Design in London, their latest project, the "Eternal Flow: Zaha Hadid x Design Crossover" showcases the many faces of Zaha Hadid at HOW's Design Center (half of the gift shop is located on the third floor).


From her earlier works such as 'Project in Red' sofa to later collaborations with brands like BVLGARI and WMF Cultery, you'll be able to see a range of products and sculptures from the 'Queen of the curve': a chess set that worth tens of thousands, to more affordable and practical home accessories. Take a look at them on their website to get an idea.


The showroom is free of charge but you're required to enter via the main entrance. HOW Art Museum also stays open during Qingming Festival, every day from 10am to 10pm.


Italian art collector Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo is one of the most influential names in the contemporary art world, and the artworks from her foundation are now on at RAM, tackling the theme 'Otherness' by bringing together twenty-three artists from all over the world.


The majority of these artworks are installations and videos, which tend to engage your senses in unconventional ways -- the most dramatic appearance is, undeniably, Paul McCarthy's 'Bang Bang Room'. Positioned in the middle of the third floor, the wooden room starts to unfold at certain points in time, banging its door heavily as it opens and closes for five minutes. Then gradually, it folds back up again to normal.


Tickets available at door for 80rmb. RAM also operates during Qingming, runs from 10am to 6pm.


Known for his massive translucent structure in the contemporary art scene, Tomás Saraceno is an Argentinian artist who's been exploring the future of urbanism and environmental sustainability through both the artistic and scientific method. 'Aerographies' is his first solo exhibition in China, which takes place at Fosun Foundation on the Bund. Choose a sunny day to visit, and as the light shines stunningly through the geometric installations, the sculptures create an even more surreal view for visitors.


Another series of works to behold are cubes of 'spider web' illuminated on the dark, quiet third floor. The artist is said to be "the first person to have scanned, reconstructed and re-imagined spiders’ woven spatial habitats, and possesses the only three-dimensional spider web collection in existence." And these webs are woven by spiders of different species supervised by Saraceno, as constructions that symbolize the principles of social organization.


Tickets available at door for 80rmb.


All art exhibitions viewable on our Art Calendar here.


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