Our Sixth Form Art pupils started the new school year with a Trip to the Art Galleries and Museums in Shanghai. We began in the Long Museum with Mark Bradford’s abstract and heavily textured paintings based on maps of Los Angeles. Pupils then compared this to the traditional Chinese calligraphy and painting of the Yangzhou School and Jean-Luc Mylayne’s innovative photography. Next, moved to the Yuz Museum where pupils removed their shoes to interact with many of the contemporary art works in the group show “Nine Journeys Through Time”, they also explored Ni Youyu’s beautiful, exquisitely crafted ‘de-temporary’ assemblages and ‘Duet’, a retrospective of Tan Ping’s modern painting and installation work. We finished the day off with a range of exciting multimedia exhibitions at the Power Long Museum including ‘One if by Land’ and ‘Over and Over Again’.
Our pupils were incredibly lucky to experience such a broad and rich range of art works in one trip and I look forward to seeing how these experiences inspire their A Level projects, helping them to explore new ideas for their own work.