Degas and the Dancers: Bodies in Motion
October 15th 2016 to January 22nd 2017, Yun Contemporary Art Centre, Shanghai
This is the first exhibition in mainland China be dedicated to Degas specifically. It is also the first major art exhibition to be shown in the new Yun Contemporary Art Centre. The exhibition explores the late works of Degas examining how Degas captured movement and personality in his art, as he bridged the development between Impressionism and Modernism. The exhibition is curated by Jon Whiteley, emeritus curator at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. The exhibition comprises of 23 works by Degas from the National Museum in Belgrade and 6 wonderful bronzes loaned by the Sladmore Gallery which include three horses and three dancers. Highlights of the exhibition include the extraordinary ‘Danseuse Mettant son Bas, premiere etude’, an early twentieth century, impressionistic bronze model of a ‘Dancer putting on her Stocking’ and the expressive ‘Cheval de Trait, workhorse’.