Housed in a 9,000 square metre area incorporating a colossal converted airplane hangar, the vast scale of Shanghai’s new Yuz Museum is matched only by the gargantuan artworks it showcases. Sitting on the ever-expanding West Bund Cultural Corridor, the recently opened gallery designed by renowned Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto and backed by Chinese-Indonesian collector Budi Tek, is fast establishing itself as an epicentre for Asian and international contemporary art, particularly oversized works that cannot be shown in traditional gallery settings.
The inaugural exhibition, Myth/History, brings together 12 enormous installations, including Adel Abdessemed’s Telle mère tel fils – a huge and spectacular snake-like structure made from three interwoven aircraft – and a sabre-toothed-sized tiger skin rug constructed entirely from cigarettes. Many of the works are not only massive but moving; a suspended glass and metal chamber spurts water at sudden intervals, while to one side Yang Zhenzhong’s Massage Chairs clatter cheerfully. Behind the vast main hanger lies a two-storey gallery space with more than 100 smaller paintings, photographs and sculptures all imbued with a certain characteristically Chinese, satirical streak. A must for enthusiasts and amateur art lovers alike for the sheer scale and spectacle of the exhibited pieces.
Myth/History is on until 18 November 2014.
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