From Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki to Gucci Ghost: four Shanghai art exhibitions you don’t want to miss

From a huge corset to miniature artworks, from anime classics to voluptuous ladies, there is something for every art lover in Shanghai this season

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 September, 2018, 12:32pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 08 September, 2018, 6:09pm

Whether you are an avid art lover, a Hayao Miyazaki fan or just a tourist in town, here are four exhibitions to keep you entertained while you visit Shanghai this season.

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HON: Niki de Saint Phalle & Shen Yuan 

From huge objects – a gigantic hairbrush or a 5.5-metre tall wire corset that visitors can step into – to a series of tables and chairs decking the walls, Shen Yuan’s artworks are an exemplar of weaving a narrative through materials.

In this exhibition, the works of the Chinese-born Paris-based artist form a dialogue with the colourful sculptures of French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle. Here you find her iconic voluptuous, dancing female statues, named Nanas; but equally interesting are her illustrated diaries, documenting her daily observations in California as well as her reflection on issues such as gun violence and racial discrimination.

HON: Niki de Saint Phalle & Shen Yuan, Power Station of Art, until October 14.

Entry: 60 yuan (US$8.75).


Wavelength: Reset

Jointly presented by the Powerlong Museum and Cube Consulting Group, this exhibition brings together artworks from 41 artists from around the world. Spanning three exhibition halls, it consists of large-scale installations and sculptures, as well as 10 immersive rooms designed and decorated by artists.

One is by Brooklyn artist Trevor Andrew, aka Gucci Ghost, who drew Gucci logos on rubbish bin, toilet and over the entire space. It is however, worth noting that, most multimedia installations such as the virtual reality headsets are malfunctioning.

Wavelength: Reset, Powerlong Museum, 3055 Caobao Rd, until October 8.

Entry: 128 yuan.


The World of Ghibli in China

A must-see for Studio Ghibli nuts, “The World of Ghibli” has opened in Shanghai this summer, in honour of the 30th anniversary of My Neighbor Totoro (1988). The sketches, drawings and storyboards (some are original but most are replicas) of Studio Ghibli’s founders, Hayao Miyazaki, Toshio Suzuki and the late Isao Takahata offer a glimpse to the creative process behind their famous anime films.

Highlights of the show include an illuminated model of the pirate ship featured in Castle in the Sky (1986), photos with a large Totoro and a chance to ride in the ‘Catbus’.

The World of Ghibli, 94/F, The Shanghai World Financial Centre, 100 Century Ave, LuJiaZui, Pudong Xinqu, until October 7. Entry: 120 yuan to 320 yuan.

Miniature Life Exhibition

At this exhibition, visitors can go behind the scenes of Tatsuya Tanaka’s viral photos. The Japanese artist, whose miniature art earns him 1.4 million followers on Instagram, places tiny figurines among everyday objects to create whimsical pictures – chicken nuggets reimagined as trees, jeans as waves and a toilet as the steep slopes of a snowy mountain.

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Besides photos and models of his work, at the green screen studio, visitors can also become the figurine in his works and bring home a free memorabilia.

Miniature Life Exhibition, 1908 Granary, Bridge 8 Art Space, 1247 Nan Suzhou Lu, until October 7.

Entry: 89 yuan to 238 yuan.