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In Pictures: Shanghai

December 26, 2011

As 2011 comes to a close we pick out our favourite images of the year

  • Text by Satellite Voices

The next generation of Chinese artists is an exciting prospect. A new outlook that takes the notions of the past and the present - themes that have been prevalent in art, fashion, music and photography for the past decade - and flips them upside down. New inspirations, new results. Shanghai may well be one of the most exciting cities in the world and we've been digging this past year.

Here are our Satellite Voices top three images of the year that represents the city of Shanghai.

1. Zhang Huan's "Q-Confucius"
After being closed for more than half a year for renovation, Rockbund Art Museum finally re-opens and the first exhibition “Q Confucius” is the solo exhibition by famous artist Zhang Huan. The artist is presenting a series of thoughts on art and society. For this exhibition, all the artworks are tailor made for RAM space and the cultural environment of the museum. The exhibition has been in the pipeline for two years.

2. Francis Lam's "Tofu Go!"
From our genius computer scientist friend we featured back when we launched, Francis Lam introduces his new game “Tofu Go!” which will be coming out on iPad and iPhone very soon featuring the music of Matthew Carey. This game is created for the love for tofu, with the background story starting from the Chinese favorite - a hotpot restaurant, where we are trying our best to help out old poor Tofu to escape the table and the evil chopsticks. 

3. Ai Weiwei
A month after Ai Weiwei’s disappearance, a spate of mysterious street art paintings have been popping up on Shanghai’s streets with clear correlations to the artist. The most recent have seen a picture of a bloodied figure with the word ‘free’ and a sunflower seed appear near the busy area of Jingan Temple and a reworking of the artist’s famous piece, "Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn", on the central Wulumuqi Lu. Both works were painted over within 24 hours of their appearance and the artist behind the black stenciled works remains a mystery.

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