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US artist to display 'cabinet of thoughts' in upcoming Shanghai exhibition

By Lin Qi | | Updated: 2021-02-19 14:34
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Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates will hold a solo exhibiton in Shanghai, titled China Cabinet. [Photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani/China Daily]

Duobaoge, or "cabinet of many treasures", is a Chinese antiquity which was used to display collectibles on several shelves.

Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates' exhibition coming soon to Shanghai, titled China Cabinet, will adopt this ancient idea of craftsmanship, embarking on a journey through the many layers of his creation and thoughts.

Corpus, by Theaster Gates. [Photo/Courtesy the artist and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis]

The exhibition will run from March 11 through May 23 at the historic Prada Rong Zhai and will show work reflecting Gates' love of ceramics and interests in the recycling of materials and construction techniques. 

It will also examine the links between his many activities as not only a ceramist but also a performer, scholar, urban planner and social innovator.

Prada Rong Zhai, a 1918 historic residence in Shanghai restored and reopened in 2017. [Photo provided to China Daily]
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