It is the first major retrospective dedicated to Liu Heung Shing, with over 200 iconic photographs grouped in different thematic sections ranging from great history, to portraits of people and daily life in different countries of the world. Liu Heung Shing was the first chief photojournalist of Time magazine and the Associated Press to work from Beijing starting in 1978. His works have earned him prestigious awards such as the Pulitzer for Spot News (1992), the most high international prize in the sector, while for Paris Photo he is "one of the 99 most influential photographers in contemporary photography". His photographs, together with the works of Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Marc Riboud, established the canons of Chinese portraiture in those years. For Liu Heung Shing the lens was the instrument to record times and reality. He focused the narrative on the people who in his shots give the impression of floating and sinking on the tide of time. From national leaders to ordinary people, from world-famous events to small daily lives, Liu Heung Shing's defining moments captured by his camera reveal a unique poetry.
Using the outside world as a mirror, Zhang Enli documents the most prosaic aspects of contemporary life. In this retrospective the 100 works on display include portraits of figures from the 1990s to the early 2000s, portraits of everyday objects from the 2000s to the early 2010s, and abstract portraits from the early 2010s to the present.
The exhibition aims to explore aspects of the world that have not yet been codified in the human perceptual lexicon, examining and questioning knowledge relating to increasingly technological environments.
Cosmos Cinema is the exciting theme that gives the title to the new edition of the Shanghai Biennial, a key event with contemporary art in South-East Asia. In the spotlight, the artists' gaze on the intricate interaction between the celestial realm and human existence.