Matthew Liu Fine Arts
If architecture, interiors and photography are three of your favourite things, then acclaimed German artist Candida Höfer should get your vote. Her large-scale, meticulously composed photos of empty architectural spaces are beautiful and enigmatic, earning her a spot representing her country at 2003’s Venice Biennale. She’s also one of the top talents on the roster at Shanghai’s Matthew Liu Fine Arts, one of the city’s most interesting independent galleries, near Christie’s just a short stroll from The Peninsula.
A genteel respite from the craziness of The Bund, this art gallery inside the chic Rockbund Development is run by ex-financier Matt Liu, who has his finger firmly on the art scene pulse in both China and overseas. The gallery promotes modern and contemporary Western art to Chinese collectors, with only a few rooms but they pack a punch.
Alongside Höfer, international artists on the gallery’s books include Vik Muniz from Brazil, Arranz-Bravo from Spain, and Italian Olivo Barbieri (whose recent show of vertiginous Alpine artworks was a wow), as well as regular guest exhibits.
Chinese names make the grade too, with intriguing current show Yin Zhaoyang: New Works (until 26 Feb, 2017) featuring thickly painted, vibrant pictures of trees and rocky peaks by the Henan-born, Beijing artist. Past exhibitions have been devoted to the graphic colourful canvases of Shanghai-based Lu Xinjian and Taiwan-born Zheng Zaidong’s surreal landscape paintings and dreamy cityscapes.
Matthew Liu Fine Arts / Suite 201-203 / 115 Yuan Ming Yuan Lu / Huangpu / +86 21 6315 1582 / 10am-6pm Mon-Sat / mlfinearts.com