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The Master of Impressionism

April 03, 2014

Claude Monet @ K11 Art Mall

Shanghai’s K11 Art Mall is one of the city’s pioneers in melding art with retail; and though some were initially dubious about the confluence, the centre’s ongoing efforts have fast gained momentum both in local popularity and in the international spotlight. The dedicated onsite gallery Chi Space, in particular, has been the subject of much praise, and continues to carve its cultural niche this month with the Master of Impressionism exhibit, bringing iconic painter Claude Monet’s works to the Mainland for the first time.

Forty renowned oil-on-canvas works by the genre-defining artist are on loan from Paris’ Marmottan Monet Museum and displayed in the gallery, including pieces from the famed 1920s ‘Water Lillies’ and ‘Wisteria’ series which colourfully depict his flower garden at Giverny. And though Monet is considered by many to be the father of Impressionism (supposedly his piece ‘Impression, Sunrise’ was the source of the movement’s name), 12 original paintings from other Impressionist masters like Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Eugène Boudin are also featured in the exhibit. Arriving conveniently in the wake of the 50th anniversary of Franco-Chinese diplomatic relations, the show opens cultural dialogue between East and West, both old and new – don’t miss it!

Until 15 June, 2014.

Chi Space / B/3 K11 Art Mall / 300 Huaihai Zhong Lu / +86 21 2310 3188 / shanghaik11.com

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