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15 art exhibitions you shouldn't miss this December

Cindy Sherman, Louise Bourgeois, a screen printing collab from IdleBeats, glass art from Liu Jianhua and Sun Xun and more

Photograph: JJYPHOTO courtesy Fosun Foundation Shanghai (Exhibition view, Cindy Sherman, 2018)
December is now well and truly in full swing, with Christmas markets and dinners galore – even some snow. But before you get truly caught up and overwhelmed by festivities and holiday planning, take a bit of time to explore your cultured side at these awesome art exhibitions showing this winter.
Cindy Sherman Solo Exhibition
Photograph: JJYPHOTO courtesy Fosun Foundation Shanghai (Exhibition view, Cindy Sherman, 2018) 

Cindy Sherman Solo Exhibition

Known for her works that tackle power relations, identity and the male gaze, American photographer Cindy Sherman's first solo exhibit in China features over 100 hundred photo series spanning different periods of her career from the 1970s to the present day.

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Fosun Foundation Art Center , 600 Zhongshan Dong'er Lu Every day except Monday Buy tickets
Thomas Hirschhorn: Re-Sculpt
Photograph: courtesy @Jane-do via Weibo

Thomas Hirschhorn: Re-Sculpt

Re-Sculpt is the first China exhibition of Swiss contemporary artist Thomas Hirschhorn. The exhibit explores the aesthetics of ruins and discusses the complexity and paradox of destruction and creation, by asking visitors to both make and break in this ever-evolving exhibition space.

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Ming Contemporary Art Museum , 436 Yonghe Dong Lu Every day except Monday
Yanyan Huang Solo Exhibition
Photograph: courtesy @BANK_MABSOCIETY via Weibo

Yanyan Huang Solo Exhibition

The works of young, contemporary artist Yanyan Huang reflect a combination of classical botanical studies, mythology and the calligraphic arts. Her first solo presentation at BANK features a selection of recent, mixed media paintings in dialogue with several printed tapestries, drawings and works on paper.

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BANK Gallery , Lane 298 Anfu Lu Every day except Monday
Louise Bourgeois: The Eternal Thread
Photograph: courtesy Marco De Luca via Flickr

Louise Bourgeois: The Eternal Thread

The first large-scale exhibition of French-American artist Louise Bourgeois in Mainland China, The Eternal Thread features major works from the artist’s entire career. Widely regarded as one of the most important artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, Bourgeois is most widely known for her large-scale and sculpture art. Here you can see The Personage sculptures from the late 1940s, The Cell installations from the 1990s, fabric works of her final decade and the monumental spider sculpture ‘Maman’.

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Long Museum West Bund , 3398 Longteng Avenue 03 Nov - 24 Feb
Prada Presents: Storytelling, a solo show by Liu Ye
Photograph: courtesy @Dmit via Weibo

Prada Presents: Storytelling, a solo show by Liu Ye

Set in stunning restored mansion Prada Rong Zhai, see the work of Liu Ye through a selection of 30 paintings realised from 1992 onwards. One of the most distinctive features of Liu Ye’s approach is collision of anachronisms, typical of an individual immersed in a foreign culture. Buy tickets with a selected time slot via Prada’s WeChat (ID ‘prada_official’).

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Prada Rong Zhai , No. 186 Shaanxi Bei Lu Every day except Monday
Tale of Two Cities
Image: By Nini Sum, courtesy IdleBeats

Tale of Two Cities

Shanghai screen print studio IdleBeats has brought back its annual, collaborative print exhibit Tale of Two Cities for its fourth year. The exhibit features recent works from IdleBeats founders Nini Sum and Gregor Koerting, including 13 to 15 layer prints portraying people on the city's streets. For the collaborative aspect, this year's exhibition also welcomes Dutch screen-print artist Mara Piccione, founder of PULL&PUSH silkscreen-printing studio.

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The Space , 80 Yili Lu 24 Nov - 25 Jan
Juliette Leperlier: Poetry in Glass
Photograph: courtesy @中国琉璃艺术博物馆 via Weibo

Juliette Leperlier: Poetry in Glass

Liuli China Museum presents Juliette Leperlier, a French contemporary glass artist known for using the difficult pâte-de-verre technique. Hailing from an impressive lineage of artists, she's been called the de Beauvoir of her generation, bringing femininity to the science of glass making.

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Liuli China Museum , 25 Taikang Road Every day except Monday
Takashi Murakami in Wonderland
Photograph: @2018 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved, courtesy Perrotin

Takashi Murakami in Wonderland

Critics' pick

Known for his trademark colourful, smiling flowers, Takashi Murakami in Wonderland marks the Japanese contemporary artist's largest gallery show to date in Asia and his first solo show in Mainland China. It features iconic works encompassing many of the themes and characters that have come to define his career and several new pieces created specially for the exhibition.

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Perrotin Gallery , 27 Huqiu Lu Every day except Monday
Francis Alÿs: La dépense
Photograph: courtesy @外滩传媒 via Weibo

Francis Alÿs: La dépense

Marked the first large-scale solo exhibition in China, Francis Alÿs: La dépense (translation: consumption) showcases 1,300 works of the Belgian-born Mexico City based contemporary artist, including drafts, videos, sketches, paintings and drawings. Acutely poetic, this exhibition makes you rethink the meaning of the labor of manual work and what it means to consume time. Expect tornado-chasing, ice cube-moving and more.

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Rockbund Art Museum , 20 Huqiu Lu Every day except Monday
The 12th Shanghai Biennale: Proregress
Photograph: courtesy @PSA via Weibo

The 12th Shanghai Biennale: Proregress

Shanghai Biennale is back to Power Station of Art with works of 67 artists and artist groups from 26 countries. Launching more than 20 years ago, this is the event's first-ever large-scale showcase of Latin American artists. Don't miss the artwork set up inside the PSA's iconic chimney.

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Power Station of Art , 200 Huayuangang Lu Every day except Monday
The natural of creativity: Guernica lithograph prints
Photograph: courtesy @Je杜若云章画廊 via Weibo

The natural of creativity: Guernica lithograph prints

Je Fine Art Space presents an exhibition of Picasso’s Guernica lithograph prints, produced under the authorisation of Museo del Prado in 1990. This exhibition is an opportunity to witness Picasso's thought process, sense his state of unrest and learn about his process of working toward a final piece.

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Je Fine Art Space , 498 Yongjia Lu Every day except Monday
Chen Ke: The Real Deal is Talking with Dad
Image: courtesy Yuz Museum

Chen Ke: The Real Deal is Talking with Dad

Chinese contemporary artist Chen Ke’s solo exhibition will showcase a series of mixed media paintings and installations inspired by the daily talk with the artist’s father, a traditional Chinese painter. Personal, poignant and nostalgic, Chen’s works are inspired by her family memories, including conflicting memories of the globalisation of modern China. 

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Yuz Museum , 35 Fenggu Lu Every day except Monday

Catch these older exhibitions while they're still here...

Pathways to Modernism: American Art 1865-1945
Image: courtesy 上海博物馆 via Weibo

Pathways to Modernism: American Art 1865-1945

Get a glimpse at the evolution of modern art in America through around 80 paintings and prints made between 1865 and 1945, including Edward Hopper’s 'Nighthawks'. Through the works on display, you’ll see how America's modernisation not only revolutionised modes of transportation, communication and entertainment, but also creative expression.

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Shanghai Museum , 201 People's Avenue Every day except Monday
The Sound of Ancient Time
Image: courtesy 龙美术馆 via Weibo

The Sound of Ancient Time

The billionaire who owns Long Museum might be mocked for sipping from a teacup used by a Qing Dynasty emperor, but his museum does boast a huge private collection of ancient artefacts and generally curates great exhibitions. This latest exhibition revolves around the guqin, a musical instrument with a history that can be traced back to the very beginnings of China.

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Long Museum West Bund , 3398 Longteng Avenue Every day except Monday

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