Rambling old house, located deep along a Shanghai alley, houses the Coexist art exhibition. Starting from architecture and space, the modern art exhibition presents a journey to discover beauty across time and space. The century-old house is a perfect combination of Shanghai and Western contemporary design styles.
The staircases and facades painted in grey-green bring the exuberant green moss of Shanghai summer into space. Set to a light green tonality, the art installation continues a vibrant aesthetic exploration from the outside in.
“The beauty of life lies in collision and harmony. It is my objective to present an object objectively.”
These are Chris Shao’s equally opening and concluding thoughts.
New York and Shanghai-based designer Chris Shao staged an inaugural showcase of contemporary design via his new platform Objective Collection, set within a heritage house in Shanghai’s Xintiandi neighbourhood. At Coexist art Exhibition, two seemingly incongruent elements – an old house and new contemporary art, now exist together under one roof. Viewers are invited to appreciate both the beauty and functionality of the objects, their differences becoming a metaphor for the essence of life.
“From architecture, interior, to furniture, fabric; From 3D To 2D, co-exist is a story about the ingenious integration of art, furniture design, and space, inspiring thinking from more dimensions,”
Explains Chris Shao about the objective collection art exhibition.
On show until September 12th (and guest curated by Simon Wang alongside Shao), the Coexist art exhibition sees the union of different layers, colors, and stories that together create an intriguing viewing experience.