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 71, Louise …

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Dansaekhwa: Korean monochrome painting: Everything you need to know

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 Western abstraction. Dansaekhwa …

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Edward Burtynsky’s impressive photos of massive Chinese industrial landscapes

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. China, for instance, is …

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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 their …

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Meekyoung Shin’s beautiful sculptures – Made entirely from soap

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. The free-standing ancient Greek sculptures …

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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. Smilde makes his art possible with the use of smoke, air, light or water. Throughout the entire world, the presence of clouds often comes with different meanings …

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Artist Xu Zhen’s stunning installation at the Long Museum

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 to target and, what …

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

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 form of art …

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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. The installation features two monumental birds fabricated entirely …

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

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 collaboration with building workers, furniture makers and musicians, film-makers and urban studies …

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