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The Art of Urban Spread

February 27, 2014
Aesthetics City @ Power Station of Art

Since its 2012 Biennale debut, Shanghai’s Power Station of Art, China’s first-ever state-run contemporary art museum, has played host to permanent and rotating exhibitions featuring some of the country’s (and world’s) most revered artists and works, however its latest show is proving to be one of its most impressive. As part of the Design Shanghai 2013 expo, the city’s largest ever design exhibition ‘Aesthetics City’ explores the impact of design on the development of urban society. The exhibition showcases 537 pieces by artists from 15 different countries and has been carefully curated by experts including Hang Jian (China Academy of Art) and Zhu Guorong (Shanghai Artists’ Association). 

The immense body of work has been categorised into six separate sub-themes (City of Counterlight, City of Craft Design, and City of Interface, to name but a few) and includes an installation by Chinese digital artist Ann Zeng, whose masterpiece ‘Relationship’ takes the form of a rotating collection of 6 recorded scenes that are projected onto an interactive screen. Also keep your peepers peeled for UK artists Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves’ ‘Can City’, which comprises an assortment of furniture constructed from melted aluminium cans collected from the streets of São Paulo. How’s that for artful sustainability?

Until 30 Mar / Power Station of Art / 200 Huayuangang Lu / Huangpu / +86 21 3127 8535 / 9am-5pm daily / or