Art planner: the Shanghai exhibits you need to see this summer

Cai Guo-Qiang, Joan Miró, John Armleder, Michelangelo Pistoletto and more

Photograph: Norbert Miguletz (Installation view of John Armleder: CA.CA., 2019, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt)
Summer is in full force and the art world is hotter than ever. The opening of Museum of Art Pudong brings Tate’s Collection, Joan Miró and Cai Guo-Qiang to the concrete jungle of Lujiazui, while the reopening of Rockbund Art Museum will feature a glistening show displaying five decades of work from Swiss artist John Armleder. There’s also an Yves Saint Laurent exhibition, a Zaha Hadid Architecture (ZHA) retrospective, an Arte Povera solo from Michelangelo Pistoletto and much more.

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Kaos Trip: A Color Journey by Okuda San Miguel

Rainbow-coloured geometric patterns of animals, skulls, religious iconography and human figures: welcome to the world of the Spanish painter Okuda San Miguel. First debuting in Guangzhou's K11 Art Mall this July, the exhibition is at Bund 18 Jiushi Art Gallery for the next two months with 20-plus large-format pieces such as paintings, sculptures, embroideries and more charting the artist's career.

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Bund 18 Jiushi Art Gallery , 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu Every day except Monday

Chanel Correspondences: A Perfume Exhibition

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Chanel N°5, the French fashion house is hosting a massive exhibition that centres around seven of its signature perfumes. If you've ever wondered what the stories were behind the luxury brand's perfumes, this is a chance to dive into the head of Coco Chanel and hear its present perfumer Olivier Polge share the inspiration for his creations. Click here to register.

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TBA 23 Aug - 23 Sep

Liu Xiaodong: Your Friends

The UCCA Edge’s second exhibition presents 30 oil paintings and 80 watercolours by Liu Xiaodong, one of the pioneers of China’s new realism movement, The display spans the length of his career including manuscripts, diaries, a documentary and works from his latest series ‘Your Friends’ (where he painted his artist friends during the pandemic). Praised by critics such as Jérôme Sans, Liu's art is known for capturing the lives of people living within China's fast socio-economic development.

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UCCA Edge , 88 Xizang Bei Lu Every day except Monday

Marc Chagall: Love is the Colour

This big exhibition at the Jiushi Art Museum honours the mastery of Belarusian-French artist Marc Chagall. You’ll encounter 154 of Chagall’s artworks that traverse through his 60 year career including his most iconic pieces – like early paintings of his idyllic hometown Liozna in Belarus to those of his first wife Bella, lithography prints of La Fontaine’s Fables and watercolour stills of colourful flowers. Chagall was influenced by major art movements such as cubism, fauvism and surrealism, but he remained loyal to figurative painting, which is evident at Love is the Colour. 

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Jiushi Art Museum , 27 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu 31 Jul - 08 Oct

The Voice of Things: Highlights of the Centre Pompidou Collection Vol 2

The second semi-permanent exhibition from the Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum Project brings 160 works from the Centre Pompidou in Paris to Shanghai. Split into two sections, the first part presents more avant-garde works through chronological order that represent cubism, dadaism and surrealism. Think a series of modern designs alongside  installations from Marcel Duchamp, visual works from Man Ray, paintings from Bernard Buffet and photography from Herbert Bayer. Meanwhile, the second part introduces art forms that revolutionised the 20th century like pop art, new realism and fluxus – paying particular focus to their relationships within a consumer society.

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West Bund Museum , 2600 Longteng Dadao Every day except Monday

Tintin and Hergé

Celebrating the 92nd anniversary of The Adventures of Tintin, Power Station of Art teams up with Hergé Museum for the ‘world’s largest’ exhibition of Tintin and their creator Belgium-born illustrator Hergé (the pen name of Georges Remi). As well as showing original sketches, documents, archives and a documentary about the cartoonist and his creations, the exhibition also focuses on Hergé’s friend, Shanghai-born sculptor Zhang Chongren – who not only helped Hergé with his creations, but also became one of the characters in the series’ fifth volume The Blue Lotus

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Power Station of Art , 200 Huayuangang Lu Every day except Monday

Jonas Burgert : blüht und lügt

Take a peek inside the fantastical world of Berlin-based painter Jonas Burgert, whose solo exhibition is currently at Long Museum West Bund. The artist has filled the space with oversized canvases that feature imaginative images of eerie figures dressed in wild costumes – all designed to demonstrate the inner and outer conflicts that often encompass the world around us. Burgert isn’t interested in what's on the surface or quick messages, instead, his art takes a deep-dive into an exploration of human nature. 

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Long Museum West Bund , 3398 Longteng Avenue Every weekday

PSA and the Fondation Cartier pres Trees

Trees have been a source of aesthetic inspiration for as long we can remember and recent scientific discoveries of their intelligence are making us rethink how we’re treating them. First presented in 2019 at the Fondation Cartier in Paris, the show is now being re-adapted in Shanghai at the Power Station of Art with the addition of works from Chinese artists like Huang Yongping, Hu Liu and Zhang Enli to go alongside a string of scientists, artists and philosophers from across the globe – all united by their appreciation for trees.

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Power Station of Art , 200 Huayuangang Lu Every day except Monday

Light: Works from Tate’s Collection

Take in 100 masterpieces on loan from the UK’s long-running art institution Tate Britain at this exhibition inside the new Museum of Art Pudong. Following chronological order, it connects great artists from the past 200 years through their interests in the qualities of light. Pre-Raphaelite fans will be psyched to find Sir John Everett Millais’ masterpiece ‘Ophelia’ on the first floor, along with more contemporary works from the likes of James Turrell and Bridget Riley.

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Museum of Art Pudong (MAP) , 2777 Binjiang Dadao Every day except Tuesday

Michelangelo Pistoletto: La Formula de La Vita

The Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum presents life-long works from Michelangelo Pistoletto, a leading figure of Italy’s Arte Povera movement in the ’60s and ‘70s. The exhibition showcases pieces from Pistoletto that span half a century of his career, from mirror paintings in the ‘60s to ‘The Third Paradise’ – a symbol created in 2003 with two contiguous circles and a third central one that’s now used in most of the artist’s later works.

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Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum , 210 Wenshui Lu Every day except Monday

Cai Guo-Qiang: Odyssey and Homecoming

On tour from the Palace Museum in Beijing where it opened last December, this two-part exhibition from Cai Guo-Qiang features 119 of his signature works centred around patterns with burning and gunpowder explosions. Odyssey selects Cai’s iconic works exhibited around the world (including the Prado Museum in Madrid, Ufizi Galleries in Florence, Pushkin Museum in Moscow and The Guggenheim in New York), while Homecoming shows his latest pieces that integrate traditional Chinese culture into contemporary art.

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Museum of Art Pudong (MAP) , 2777 Binjiang Dadao Every day except Tuesday

Joan Miró: Women, Birds, Stars

Another big-name show inside the Museum of Art Pudong, this one’s dedicated to Spanish artist and man of many trades, Joan Miró. It comes in association with Barcelona’s modern art museum Fundació Joan Miró and presents 31 of Miró’s paintings as well as a collection of drawings, lithographs, engravings, sculptures and a series of photographs by his close friend Joaquim Gomis who documented his creative processes on film.

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Museum of Art Pudong (MAP) , 2777 Binjiang Dadao Every day except Tuesday

Hajime Sorayama: Metropolis

From superrealist airbrush paintings of erotic robots, to the original design of the first mass-market robot dog Sony AIBO, to collaborations with luxury fashion brands, Hajime Sorayama has been wowing his cult following and mainstream admirers for over five decades. See the artist’s first big institution show in Shanghai at HOW Art with paintings, sculptures and installations spanning the 1970s to today – including some of his latest works that pay tribute to Fritz Lang’s 1927 classic film Metropolis

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HOW Art Museum , Lane 1 Lane 2277 Zuchongzhi Lu Every day except Monday Buy tickets

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John Armleder: Again, Just Again

After 18 months of renovations, The Rockbund Art Museum’s (RAM) is back in business and introducing Swiss artist John Armleder to China. Featuring eclectic works from Armleder’s career spanning across five decades, you’ll encounter paintings, readymades, works created onsite, site-specific wall drawings and archival material. RAM also commissioned young Chinese photographer Leslie Zhang to fill the exhibition hall on the third floor where you get to see his contemporary photographic works in tandem with John Armleder’s.

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Rockbund Art Museum , 20 Huqiu Lu Every day except Monday

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