Art in Shanghai

Louise Bourgeois – Maman (Spider), 1999, Long Museum (West Bund), Shanghai, 2018

Louise Bourgeois’s iconic spider Maman – Everything you need to know

Louise Bourgeois’ art has always been inspired by her upbringing and childhood. As an artist, Bourgeois remained at the forefront of successive new developments for over six decades that she had been in the industry. She always did so in her own powerful and inventively ingenious terms. In 1982, at the age of …

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Dansaekhwa: Korean monochrome painting: Everything you need to know

What is Dansaekhwa? Dansaekhwa is an art movement born in South Korea in the 1970s. The pioneers of Dansaekhwa are born between 1913 and 1936 and avoided any reference to Western realism in their works, creating primarily monochrome and minimalist paintings. The artists also attempted to break away from the heritage of Japanese imperialism and …

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Edward Burtynsky’s impressive photos of massive Chinese industrial landscapes

Edward Burtynsky’s China photos For Edward Burtynsky, photography is much more than immortalizing a scene; while his focus is on taking photos, he is keen on sharing his point of view with the rest of the world. One of the most outstanding aspects of his works is his ability to connect to the real world. …

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Alan Delorme’s Totem – Colorful madness in Shanghai

French artist Alain Delorme’s Totem series features images of towering stacks of objects that appear to teeter perilously like totem poles. His project name is ambiguous because it almost indicates that the project is about the dazzling heights of the Shanghai skyscrapers. However, the entire project focuses on migrants attempting and struggling to ferry …

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Zhang Huan’s Ash Buddha – 20 tons of incense ash to create them

Zhang Huan’s Ash Buddhas Zhang Huan, born in 1965, started his career as a painter and then moved to performance art and then resorted back to painting. He is also a sculptor and photographer, but his main focus is on being a performance artist. He has made extensive use of ash throughout his career and …

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Meekyoung Shin’s beautiful sculptures – Made entirely from soap

About Meekyoung Shin Meekyoung Shin, a South Korean sculptor, became popular for her Translation series, using soap as her medium of art. Trained in the tradition of European sculpture, her statuettes are made factoring in the Western and Eastern styles of relief. Her works are usually made from palm oil, a vegetarian soap. Her technique …

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Berndnaut Smilde’s Nimbus – What are his clouds all about?

Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde effortlessly creates fluffy, unusual, yet perfect clouds in different indoor locations. For several years, he has practised this and created a series named Nimbus. Clouds & their different meanings Smilde makes his art possible with the use of smoke, air, light or water. Throughout the entire world, the presence of …

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Artist Xu Zhen’s stunning installation at the Long Museum

Who is Xu Zhen? Xu Zhen is a leader within the domain of contemporary Chinese art and is said to be one of the most sought-after international contemporary artists. Xu Zhen uses inspiration from both Chinese and Western cultures while combining the embodiment of both. He uses sociocultural frameworks as an inspiration for his pieces …

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Cai Guo-Qiang’s massive 8min explosive performance made citizens call the police

About Cai Guo-Qiang Cai Guo-Qiang is a New York-based artist and one of the furthermost celebrated contemporary artists originating from China. He is known for a remarkable new kind of fireworks spectacle, which he calls “explosion events.” He has taken gunpowder, one of China’s Four Great Inventions and led the way in a new impressive …

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What is Xu Bing’s gigantic Phoenix project?

Xu Bing is an internationally celebrated Chinese artist. He works in a couple of disciplines and materials but the most common is ink painting, printmaking, and calligraphy. Xu has worked with pigs and silkworms. Though, one of his well-known installations is a gigantic flying dragon titled Phoenix. How was ‘Phoenix’ created? The installation features …

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Why did Michael Lin install a complete house on a roof in Shanghai?

Michael Lin – Model Home, 2012, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China Model Home – A Proposition by Michael Lin was an exhibition of new conceptual work, made by Michael Lin. For the exhibition, he installed a temporary structure on top of the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai, China. The exhibition has been created in …

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