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镜月所指 曾浩2008-2013作品展

The Metaphor of the Mirror Moon

“Contemporary” is a word that applies to any era. It’s a spiritual guidance and a response to the concurrent circumstance. Every period has “contemporary” works to its time. Hence, we could say that countless “contemporary” in the past constructed the classics, and the countless classics were represented as the “contemporary” to those eras. In the history of arts, the contemporary and the classics complement each other like twins. The classics are baptized through time, in spite of its language or subject matter, something will become an iconic impression of the past, like the marks Carbon-14 left in the earth’s crust.

Therefore, the attitude towards “contemporary” is especially crucial to contemporary artists. Attitude is a singular matter, but in the context of society, every period has a different attitude towards “contemporary”. Sometimes, attitude even exists as “no specification”. To look at it from the opposite side, when the artist is the main body, “contemporary” is the mirror image of his attitude – The way he looks at the contemporary society is the way “contemporary” exists in the society. Artist’s attitude decides what role “contemporary” plays in his works.

In Zeng Hao’s works between 2008 and 2013, he adopted “bubbles” as the form of representation, “desire” as the emotional lead, and constructed a contemporary “Ukiyo-e Treasures” as the irony to reality. Zeng’s works from the past 5 years are very holistic series in his mature stage. Although he is recognized as an important figure in the “Cynical Kitsch” stream of Chinese contemporary art, he has abandoned the existing blueprint of his works, and discarded the ceremonial feelings of the images. Instead, he’s found new significance in the symbolism and conflicts of imageries.

As a Chinese born and bred, Zeng Hao feels an extreme close connection to the unique Chinese aesthetics and perspectives. This sense of closeness has long been particles in his blood vessels that flow in every corner of his body. This explains the hearty laugh many Chinese viewers give when looking at his artworks. But more importantly, Zeng has an attitude. His attitude is the most valuable core to his works. We could see political icons (Tiananmen Square), societal icons (CCTV Building), citizen voted celebrity architectures (Bird Nest and Water Cube), and other mundane icons (other buildings) in his works from this period. Zeng has purposefully designed extravagant postures of the “bubble men” and the “bubble animals” to imply a sense of ludicrous and sneer. The pink tone of the images provides the most immediate emotional implication to the theme – “desire”. However, what are these imageries and emotions? Zeng’s answer is that they exist in the form of bubbles that could vanish anytime.

Every Chinese should remember the year of Beijing Olympic Games. The Water Cube, the Bird Nest, and the other new buildings arose among Tiananmen Square, CCTV building and become icons of their own. Zeng Hao doesn’t satisfy on merely using the physical looks of these icons. He uses elusive and abstract imagery to make the viewers ask questions: Are the paintings symbolic? What do they symbolize? Does this symbolism contribute to the meaning of human survival? Among all the symbolic artworks, the real eye catchers are not these icons, they are the pig-shaped men and lions (animals). The big belly is a common trait for these pig-shaped figures. It is a depiction of desire and greed, and it reminds the viewers of the Chinese mythical voracious creature “Tao Tie”. Therefore, we see that Zheng Hao is not interested in glorifying or criticizing these social icons. He wants to express that the icons for power and strength in the society are always beaten by greed and desire.                                                                                                                                                                                                             

But it doesn’t mean Zeng Hao is a critical realism artist. Although there are many physical realistic elements in his artworks, those elements are foreshadows for his thinking, like the internet is virtual but it requires light fibers to connect. Zeng Hao is an artist that relies on his feelings. The stimulations in reality give him an opportunity to reflect his inner feelings. Therefore, beyond the symbolic paintings, we can see more conceptual and surreal artworks, such as his “Desires and Imagery” and “Bubbles” series. We could understand Zeng Hao this way: Physical icons are a gateway to which we understand the artist. But this gateway is not his focus. Under this premise, we can imagine that any physical icon could become elements in his works, and he could easily abandon them. This is the freedom in Zeng Hao’s works. Therefore, Zeng Hao’s attitude towards “contemporary” is the key to his creations. Attitude is like a solution that dissolves many elements into his creations.

Between the end of 2014 Lunar year and the first half of 2015, Zeng Hao held two solo paintings and installations exhibitions themed “Bubbles and Mirage” in two important galleries in Beijing. “Bubbles” is one of the artist’s main artistic explorations in recent years, but this theme originated from his works between 2008 and 2013. According to the Buddhist classic “Diamond Sutra”: All things contrived are like

Dream, illusion, bubble, shadow

and as dewdrop or lightning

They should be regarded as such.”

Although this idea is familiar to the Chinese, but it’s rarely adopted as a way of being. Therefore we could think of it this way – “Bubbles” is a metaphor of the state of being that cannot be pursued. It appears when people can grasp the gist of life. Zeng hao has never actively pursued this state of being, and his art doesn’t force people to proactively approach philosophy or imagery. An Artist’s artwork is used to present, it will unintentionally reveal the artist’s attitude to his surrounding environment.

In fact, Artist’s attitude is the most beautiful component to an art piece. But since it’s too abstract, it’s often difficult for the viewers to grasp, just like the reflection of a flower in the water. But attitude truly exists. On some level, Zeng Hao’s works are very direct and honest, they don’t require the viewers to have a deep understanding to feel the emotions of the paintings. Therefore, when we read beyond these emotions of the paintings, we will truly be able to comprehend the artist’s attitude, and this is the meaning of Zeng Hao’s “Jing Yue”.


  • SHM Notice about the Mid-Autumn Festival


    SHM will remain open during the Mid-Autumn Festival(Sep.13th-15th),you are very welcome to the exihibition.Wish you a happy Festival!
  • SHM Notice about the Dragon Boat Festival holiday

  • Opening Hours Adjustment

    Due to the maintenance of art works and facilities, the visiting hours of exhibition Blissful Land: Into the Depth of Statues & Murals will be adjusted (since March 12, 2018) as follow: 10:00 - 18:00, Tuesday to Sunday (last admission: 17:00) ; closed on every Monday.

    Please alternate your visit time accordingly and we sincerely hope you have a good time during your visit! 


    Shanghai Himalayas Museum

    March 5, 2018

  • Opening Hours During the Spring Festival 2018

    Shanghai Himalayas Museum will be temporarily closed from 15th February to 16th February, and reopen at its usual time on 17th February.

    Festival Tickets are required during 17th February to 21st February, please go to the ticket office to get more information.

    Happy Chinese New Year!

  • Notice of Temporary Closure on 15th January, 2018

    “Miracle: The Bellini Family and the Renaissance” has been increasingly popular since its opening on September. To maintain the exhibits and provide a better visiting experience for the audience, Shanghai Himalayas Museum will be temporarily closed at 15th January, 2018. Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

  • Notice of Temporary Closure

    Shanghai Himalayas Museum will be temporarily closed at 1:00 pm-6:00 pm from 19th January 2018 to 21st January 2018, please pay attention to alternate your visit time if necessary. Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.
  • Exhibition Extends

    In response to popular demands from the public, CURRENT: Contemporary Art from Scotland Phase Three exhibition will be extended to 14th November, 2017. During this period, a workshop will be held at Shanghai Himalayas Museum, to help visitors gain a better understanding of the distinctiveness of contemporary art made in Scotland, its grass-roots spirit and keen debates with the social dimensions of art and culture.

  • Opening Hours Adjustment

    Opening hours adjust as follow:

    Mondays to Sundays: 10:00am - 6:00pm

    Entering no later than 5:00 pm

  • Announcing 2016 Artists in Residence (Gwanju)

    Announcing the 2016 Himalayas x Gwangju Artists in Residence

    After a month-long open call for the Shanghai Himalayas Museum Artist-in-Residences 2016 Gwangju Program, we are pleased to announce that we have selected two gifted Chinese artists, Shanghai-based Xu Zhifeng and Beijing-based Xie Yi, from the 49 applications we received, to embark on a journey to Korea as this years artists in residence.

    Congratulations to the two artists and a warm thank-you to all the artists who applied for the open call.



    1983 born Xu Zhifeng is an interdisciplinary artist based in Shanghai and holds a bachelor of architecture from the College of Fine Arts of Shanghai University.

    Past Works

    Mega Sim Card 
    Spray Paint on Concrete


    Mixed Media/



    Look Through ME
    Mixed Media/Photography


    XIE YI

    1984 born Xie Yi received his BFA and MFA in Sculpture from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. He is currently based in Beijing.

    Past Works

    Two Classic Works

    Snake and Women


    Snake and Women

    "La Chair" Exhibition

    2016, Shanghai

    Since 2014, Shanghai Himalayas Art Museum has established the long-term strategic collaborative relationship with the Gwangju Museum of Art. Gwangju Museum of Art has recommended many Korean artists to the Shanghai programme, such as Lee Jeong Lok, Kim Dong A, Li Shixuan, Zheng Guangxi, Sobin Park, Ryu Eun, etc. We have also recommended many Chinese artists to Korea, such as Guan Huaibin, Zhang Aidong, You Si, Zhang Qiushi, Zhan Jia, Hu Jiayi, Zhao Jingyan, and Zheng Haozhong.

    On the occasion of Gwangju Biennial and SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul, the museum will provide 3 months of exchange programme this year for the young artists in China during late August to mid-November.

  • Exhibition will open until 8 pm on weekend

    Updated Opening Hours for Dunhuang - Song Of Living Beings


    Closed on Mondays

    Open until 9pm on Wednesdays & 8pm on Saturdays and Sundays

    Exhibition Dates:

    November 29, 2015 - March 20, 2016 

  • Extension visiting hours for Mar.5-6

    The museum will open till 8 pm for this weekend, March 5 and March 6.

    Last admission at 7:30 pm

    Thank you for your support and enjoy the show.

    Shanghai Himalayas Museum 

  • Opening Hours during Spring Fesitival

    Opening Hours & dates during Spring Fesitival

    (Feb.7- Feb. 13)


    Closed on Monday (Feb.8),

    Open until 9:00 pm on Wednesday (Feb.10)

    Wish you a happy Chinese New Year.

  • Grotto No.275 will leave Shanghai on Jan.4, 2016






  • pre-registration for free Dunhuang Tickets

    We are delighted to inform you that your pre-registration online or via email makes you eligible to receive a free gift at the "Nihao Shanghai!” Conference on December 12-13th at Pudong Library. Not only can you enjoy the presentations of famous visual artists, curators, and architects, but you can also win tickets to the exhibitionDunhuang: Song of Living Beings or even a 1 year membership to the Shanghai Himalayas Museum!

    In order to win two free tickets to seeDunhuang: Song of Living Beings you must fulfil these requirements:

    Pre-register for the conference online or through email.

    Attend the conferences full day schedule (both morning and afternoon sessions) on either Saturday December 12th or Sunday 13th.

    If you attend both days for both morning and afternoon sessions, you are eligible to collect two pairs of two free tickets to visit Dunhuang: Song of Living Beings or exchange the 4 tickets for a 1 year membership to the Shanghai Himalayas Museum which includes benefits such as:

    Free admission for a year

    Catalogue with 30% off (one for each )

    VIP invitation of opening ceremonies

    20% off for Education Events/Courses (pre booking request)

    Guided Tour for members (except external guide tour)

    Latest information of exhibitions and activities

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    With our Best Regards,

    Shanghai Project

    Information about  "Nihao Shanghai!” Conference:


  • Wednesday Revolution|update of opening hours

    Update of opening hours:

    10:00-18:00 (Last admission 17:30)

    Closed on Monday, Extand to 21:00 on Wednesdays.

    December 7, 2015

  • Guided Tours of Dunhuang

    Guided tours led by the docent team from Dunhuang Academy will be given on a regular basis from 11:00 to 16:00. Guided tours in Japanese, German, French, Korean and English are also available upon reservation. In the meantime, specially-designed pamphlets and guided tours for kids will also be arranged to make the exhibition more enjoyable both to adults and kids.

    For reservation: 021-50339801-2032

    * Reservation must be made 1 week in advance. 

  • Visiting Architecture for Dogs


    Adult:¥ 100 

    Student: ¥ 50

    Group (8+): ¥ 80/person

    Opening Times: 10:00-18:00 Monday-Sunday

    * Small dogs could be carried into the museum

    more about the exhibition 

  • Notification of temporary closure

    Due to special activities, the museum will be closed at 16:00 today.

    We apologize for any inconvenience.

    Thank you for your cooperation.

    Shanghai Himalayas Museum


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