Photologue | Shanghai Today

A series of exhibitions took place in Shanghai this spring as the immense Shanghai Expo 2010 drew the world’s attention to the many facets of China’s oldest metropolis. The city’s art scene was a manifestation of diversity – from the past to the future, China to the world. ‘Double Infinity’, an exhibition, performance series, lecture programme and publication jointly initiated by the Van Abbemuseum and Arthub Asia, was held at the Dutch Cultural Centre and offered an opportunity for artists working in China to interpret and respond to the Dutch museum’s collection. ‘Thirty Years of Contemporary Chinese Paintings’, a chronological retrospective of the development of the medium since the late 1970s, marked the opening exhibition of the Minsheng Art Museum. Many works on view here were rare, even for an educated audience already familiar with Chinese contemporary art, and allowed viewers to trace the impact of Western art and its appropriation by Chinese artists. Finally, the Cai Guo-Qiang curated exhibition ‘Peasants Da Vinci’ inaugurated the brand-new Rockbund Art Museum with the artist paying tribute to the wisdom of Chinese peasants and their remarkable inventions. Mimicking the slogan of the Shanghai Expo, he points out that it is these people who “make the city a better life.”



HE Xiao Fiona, 賀瀟

Tue, 1 Jun 2010

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