Despite its disturbing name, the slaughterhouse of Shanghai is not to be missed. The former slaughterhouse is a fashionable creative hub in the Hongkou District, with bars, galleries and trendy shops which are on par with the best of Paris and New York. It’s hard to imagine that it was once one of the largest slaughterhouses in East Asia, the only one of its kind still standing today. The slaughterhouse, designed by British master architect Balfours and named 1933 Old Millfun, is an industrial archeological masterpiece - an intricate structure forged out of cement imported from the United Kingdom in the Art Déco style, enriched with magnificent details, numerous reticular windows and circular motifs, combinations of both Western and Oriental styles. It is a sort of maze, reminiscent of Escher, where its central circular structure is linked to the four surrounding buildings by a series of bridges, galleries, narrow spiral stairways and spiral ramps. Over 300 columns in an eclectic Chinese-Gothic style hold up the roof and four verandas. It is a paradise for photographers from around the world.
From painter to house painter, Henry Gunderson's journey
Henry Gunderson is an American artist who explores the human psyche through post-industrial American Pop Art. The journey of this exhibition starts from the story of Gunderson's personal experience when his landlord in Brooklyn, seeing that he was a painter, proposed to rent him his house for free in exchange for the artist repainting it.
Bringing together a selection of three hundred works from the Centre Pompidou collection dating from 1895 to the present day, a new presentation in fifteen sections highlights the multiple faces of the art of portrait.
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.
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.