Kawaii


Shanghai

For the safety of our visitors and staff, masks must be worn by all visitors upon entrance and hand sanitizer will be provided at the door and throughout the gallery.

Inquire about the exhibition:
inquiries@alminerech.com

The gallery is open from 11am until 7pm.

  • , I am artist, 2021
    Mixed media on wood
    130 x 115 cm (framed)
    51 1/8 x 45 1/4 in (framed)
  • , Gum boy, 2021
    Mixed media on wood
    130 x 115 cm (framed)
    51 1/8 x 45 1/4 in (framed)
  • , I am a dreamer, 2021
    Mixed media on wood
    130 x 115 cm (framed)
    51 1/8 x 45 1/4 in (framed)
  • , What ́s my superpower?, 2021
    Mixed media on wood
    130 x 115 cm (framed)
    51 1/8 x 45 1/4 in (framed)
  • , Rule of 6, 2021
    Acrylic, Oil and Oil Stick on Canvas
    162 x 132 cm (framed)
    63 3/4 x 52 in (framed)
  • , Coco, 2021
    Acrylic, Oil and Oil Stick on Canvas
    162 x 132 cm (framed)
    63 3/4 x 52 in (framed)
  • , Mr Back To Normal, 2021
    Acrylic, Oil and Oil stick on Canvas
    162 x 132 cm (framed)
    63 3/4 x 52 in (framed)
  • , “Untitled”, 2021
    Oil stick, Marker, Foam and Cigar stick on paper
    37 x 28 x 3.5 cm (framed)
    14 5/8 x 11 1/8 x 1 3/8 in (framed)
  • , “Untitled”, 2021
    Oil stick, Marker, Foam and Cigar stick on paper
    37 x 28 x 3.5 cm (framed)
    14 5/8 x 11 1/8 x 1 3/8 in (framed)
  • , “Untitled”, 2021
    Oil stick and Marker on paper
    37 x 28 x 3.5 cm (framed)
    14 5/8 x 11 1/8 x 1 3/8 in (framed)
  • , “Untitled”, 2021
    Oil Stick and marker on paper
    37 x 28 x 3.5 cm (framed)
    14 5/8 x 11 1/8 x 1 3/8 in (framed)

  • , “Untitled”, 2021
    Oil Stick and marker on paper
    37 x 28 x 3.5 cm (framed)
    14 5/8 x 11 1/8 x 1 3/8 in (framed)
  • , Two Headed Dragon, 2021
    Acrylic on canvas
    230 x 183 cm / each
    90 1/2 x 72 1/8 in / each
  • , Two Headed Dragon, 2021
    Acrylic on canvas
    230 x 183 cm / each
    90 1/2 x 72 1/8 in / each
  • , Ephemeral, 2021
    Acrylic on wood
    45.5 x 38 cm
    17 7/8 x 15 in (Left)
    65 x 53 cm
    25 5/8 x 20 7/8 in (Right)
  • , Ephemeral, 2021
    Acrylic on wood
    45.5 x 38 cm
    17 7/8 x 15 in (Left)
    65 x 53 cm
    25 5/8 x 20 7/8 in (Right)
  • , One sided love, 2021
    Mixed media, Acrylic on wood
    65 x 53 cm
    25 5/8 x 20 7/8 in (Left)
    50 x 50 cm
    19 3/4 x 19 3/4 in (Right)
  • , One sided love, 2021
    Mixed media, Acrylic on wood
    65 x 53 cm
    25 5/8 x 20 7/8 in (Left)
    50 x 50 cm
    19 3/4 x 19 3/4 in (Right)

Press release

Almine Rech Shanghai is pleased to present Kawaii, a group exhibition on view from May 21 to June 19, 2021.

Kawaii​ (Japanese: かわいいor 可愛い) is the culture of cuteness which has become a symbol of contemporary Japan nation-wide and abroad. The concept stems from the 1970s when young girls started writing, doodling, and creating exaggeratedly cute outfits in order to confront the traditional roles imposed on them. Often translated as “cute” or “super-cute”, the real meaning of Kawaii varies across generations and social groups, signifying the intuitive emotions one experiences induced by cognitive appraisal. Such consequential implication has transformed this adjective into a noun, which then describes an entire subculture present worldwide. Referring to items, humans, and non-humans that evoke sympathy, are lovely, adorable, shy, and/or childlike, Kawaii’s impact can nowadays be seen in entertainment, clothing, food, toys, personal appearance, mannerisms, as well as fashion and visual art. 

The visual art, ​Kawaii, features characters with Western pop culture, the sculptures, paintings, and drawings praised by art critics gained the artist a cult following around globally, both in the world of art collectors and other artists.​ With this exhibition, Almine Rech Shanghai aims to acknowledge this movement. By presenting the works by three artists from different backgrounds or parts of the world, Sun Yitian, Szabolcs Bozó, ​and​ Edgar Plans​, ​the gallery is hoping to provide an insight into present day redefinition of ​Kawaii​ globally. 

- Sasha Bogojev
Writer and Curator


Artists