Dazzling art exhibitions on display
Not even the cold wave sweeping the country will be enough to trap art lovers indoors over the coming weeks as Shanghai is playing host to a plethora of exhibitions. Let’s take a look at them!
Botero in China–Fernando Botero Art Exhibition
Location: China Arts Museum, Pudong New Area
Admission fee: free
Dates: Jan 22- May 8, 2016
The great Colombian artist Fernando Botero created his unique art style, known as “Boterismo”, depicting people and figures in large, exaggerated volume, which represent political criticisms and humor. He said that he never paints portraits of fat people, but is obsessed with the physical beauty presented by fat figures. The exhibition exhibits 137 pieces of Botero’s work, comprehensively representing his 50 year art career.
The Legend of Art: Picasso
Location: Global Harbor Museum, Putuo district
Admission fee: 40 - 120 yuan
Dates: Oct 28, 2015- Jan 31, 2016
The exhibition shows nearly 100 authentic pieces of works created by Pablo Picasso from 1901 to 1972. These masterpieces, made available by private collectors all over the world, are on display on the fourth floor of Global Harbor Mall. The exhibits cover various fields including oil paintings, prints, sketches, paper cuttings, sculptures and ceramics, most of which are appearing in China for the first time. Additionally, 96 precious photos showing Picasso’s real life are also on display. With a free audio guide and 3D devices, visitors will be immersed in Picasso’s works.
Da Vinci "The Genius"
Location: The Hub, Minhang district
Admission fee: 130 -150 yuan
Dates: Dec 8, 2015 - April 7, 2016
Leonardo Da Vinci is best known in China as an artist for his masterpiece painting, Mona Lisa. But he was not only a painter but also talented in various other fields, including invention, anatomy, engineering, music and architecture. The exhibition Da Vinci “The Genius” displays Da Vinci’s 6,000 page manuscripts showing his all-round talents. Hundreds of years later, many of his technical fantasies are now a reality. The exhibition also reproduces his inventions, including the first concept vehicle, bicycle, helicopter, glider and parachute. The exhibition is divided to 17 themed zones, displaying more than 200 of his works and 75 replicas of his inventions, including a section dedicated to deciphering the secrets of Mona Lisa.
Media - Dali: Major Exhibition of Surrealism Art
Location: Shanghai K11 Art Mall, Huangpu district
Admission fee: 120 yuan
Dates: Nov 5, 2015 - Feb 15, 2016
alvador Dali, the most prestigious surrealist artists, along with Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro is regarded as one of the “three greatest Spanish masters” of the 20th century. More than 240 of Salvador Dali’s original works and media are on display.
Two of the most important art pieces are ‘’Napoleon’s Nose, Transformed into a Pregnant Woman, Strolling His Shadow with Melancholia amongst Original Ruins, 1945’’ and ‘’Dematerialization Near the Nose of Nero, 1947’’, and will be the highlights of the exhibition. Additionally, the authoring tools Dali used are also displayed, helping visitors to learn more about the great artist.
Dunhuang – Song of Living Beings
Location: Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Pudong New Area
Admission fee: 50 - 220 yuan
Dates: Nov 29, 2015 - March 20, 2016
Dunhuang grottoes are the precious legacy of China. Dunhuang—Song of Living Beings, the first major exhibition of Dunhuang in Shanghai, showcases 165 sets of original works and artifacts representing all the core aspects of Dunhuang art and culture. Highlights include eight replica caves that embody the highest artistic value of the Dunhuang grottoes; 11 copies of painted stucco sculptures; 60 copies of cave murals produced by the founding pioneers of the National Dunhuang Art Institute (including Mr. Chang Shuhong, Mr. Duan Wenjie and Ms. Chang Shana); 25 copies of silk paintings, 10 carved brick replicas from the Dunhuang tombs of the Han Dynasty, and 51 cultural relics from Dunhuang. Most of the actual caves are no longer open to the public, so do not miss the exhibition.
Harry Potter: The Exhibition
Location: Lujiazui Super Brand Mall, Pudong New Area
Admission fee: 110- 450 yuan
Dates: Dec 5, 2015- Feb 8, 2016
Harry Potter: The Exhibition opens on the 9th floor of the Super Brand Mall in Lujiazui, Shanghai. It offers Harry Potter fans in China a chance to step inside the famous wizard’s world. From the moment entering the exhibition, visitors are immediately immersed in the world of Harry Potter, taking them inside favorite scenes from the Harry Potter films. The exhibition features settings from the films’ most popular locations - including the Gryffindor common room and dormitory; classrooms like Potions and Herbology; and the Forbidden Forest - which are filled with thousands of authentic props, costumes, and creatures used in the filming of the iconic series.
Pierre Auguste Renoir, All a Life for Painting
Location: Shanghai Exhibition Center, Jiang’an district
Admission fee: 80 yuan
Dates: Nov 20, 2015 - March 6, 2016
Pierre Auguste Renoir was a leading French painter of the impressionist style. More than 40 masterpieces of Renoir collected by 14 national museums in Europe and America are on display. The exhibition traces the evolution of Renoir’s style, which includes vivid colors and subject matters that reflect the socially conscious society of his time.