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Artist:Sean Scully



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- An artist whose name belongs to the shortest of the short list of major painters of our time (Arthur Danto)

- Sean Scully’s first major exhibition in China; over a hundred important artworks across half a century from London to New York

- Two years preparation as a collaboration with international museums, institutes and renowned art professionals

- A multi-dimensional presentation of the internationally acclaimed cultural figure and his time: art, music, literature, theatre, film, architecture

- Curated by Philip Dodd (former director of ICA London)

Follow the Heart: The Art of Sean Scully, 1964-2014, London, New York, Sean Scully’s major retrospective show was unveiled at the Shanghai Himalayas Museum (Shanghai) on November 23, 2014.

Sean Scully is the most important international living master of abstract art, who has exhibited extensively worldwide and his works have been collected by over 150 prominent museums and institutes around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Tate Gallery, the Museum Ludwig (Germany), Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum (New York), Centre Georges Pompidou, Victoria and Albert Museum etc. Sean has been praised by the esteemed philosopher and art critic Arthur Danto as ‘an artist whose name belongs to the shortest of short list of major painters of our time’. He has been the Turner Prize nominee at Tate London twice, in 1989 and 1993.

After two years preparation, with collaborated effort from many international museums, institutes, galleries and art professionals, the major career-length exhibition of Sean Scully’s art will come to China for the first time. It is one of the most important solo exhibitions in the recent years of contemporary international art master with considerable academic weight. The exhibition revisits different phrases of Sean Scully’s career over the past 50 years. Works range from oil to watercolor and pastel, pencil drawings to photography - more than 100 works in total.

The exhibition is divided into five sections. In the first gallery is Sean Scully’s black and white painting, highlighting how a major Western master uses black and white, as well as a monumental new sculpture ‘China Piled Up’(366x610x1524cm) . The second gallery showcases the work made by Sean Scully in London in his early years and shows how he tried to develop an abstract language to make sense of the simultaneity of urban experience. The third gallery examines the work he made in his early years in the US, the Zen-like minimalist paintings, as well as the major works made in the ‘80s. Upstairs is a room devoted to the seminal Wall of Light paintings which preoccupied him from the mid-‘90s and which were featured in a one-person show which travelled across America, including to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The final gallery has examples of his recent work: of his monumental Doric paintings, his most obviously ‘severe’ work, as well as his lyrical ‘Landlines’ which revisit the minimalism of the ‘70s but in a much more deliquescent way.

As one of the most significant international figures of post-war abstract painting, Sean Scully has developed the art tradition of Matisse, Mondrian and Rothko.

Meanwhile, the curator Philip Dodd also emphasizes in the exhibition Sean Scully’s connection with the eastern culture. He comments, ‘it is designed to open a conversation. There is no better Western artist to take part in this conversation, since conversation is the heart of his work: conversation with the daily world around him; conversation with the traditions of art in the West, from Velásquez to Matisse, but also with cultural traditions from Asia. Zen has mattered to Sean Scully, as did a book on the Tao and theoretical physics, and for 35 years he practiced karate with all its philosophical resonances.’

Wong Shun-kit, the director of the Himalayas Museum comments: ‘s one of the most important artists today, Sean Scully has made an immensely valuable contribution to the development of contemporary abstract art. The audience that encounters his work is directly engaged in a grand and dramatic narrative, one with great depth achieved through the orchestration of structure, colour and brushstroke. It is part of his genius that he has a philosophical approach, bringing together rational thinking and profoundly emotional colour with an expressive structure of brushstrokes.’

The exhibition will run through January 25, 2015. Following its run in Shanghai, next year the retrospective will travel to Beijing as part of the 2015 UK-China Year of Cultural Exchange.

Video: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNzExODc4MTYw.html

Artist’s Bio

Sean Scully was born in Dublin in 1945 and was brought up in London and  immigrated to the States in 1975. He currently lives and works in New York, Barcelona, and outside Munich. He studied painting at the Croydon College of Art (London) and Newcastle University (England), received a graduate Fellowship  at Harvard University in 1973, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1983, and Honorary Degrees, Doctorate of Fine Arts from The Massachusetts College of Art (Boston) and the National University of Ireland (Dublin). He has been the Turner Prize nominee at Tate London twice, in 1989 and 1993.

He was an influential teacher at Chelsea School of Art and Design, Goldsmith’s College of Art and Design (London), as well as Parsons (New York). He is now an Adjunct Professor at Princeton University (New Jersey) and Professor of painting at Akademie der Bildenden Künste (Munich, Germany).

Sean has exhibited widely in in the most prominent museums and institutes around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Fundació Joan Miró (Spain), the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), the Pinacoteca Art Museum of São Paulo, the Naples Museum of Art, the Museum Ludwig (Germany), the National Museum of Scotland, and the Museum of Fine Arts Bern (Switzerland).  His works have been collected by over 150 international major public museums including the Museum of Modern Art (New York),, the Tate Gallery (London), the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (Madrid, Spain), the Guggenheim Museum (New York), Museo de Arte Moderno (Mexico), the National Gallery of Australia, the British Council, the Nagoya City Art Museum (Japan), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (Texas), the Phillips Collection (Washington, D.C.), Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Power Institute (Sydney), the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, D.C.), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (Caracas, Venezuela), the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston) and the National Gallery of Australia (Canberra). The Philadelphia Museum of Art devotes a permanent room to his work while the city of Barcelona will devote a whole museum to his work.

About the curator

Philip Dodd is the curator of Follow the Heart, Sean Scully’s exhibition in China. He is a former director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London and has curated exhibitions with artists and architects from Damien Hirst to Rem Koolhaus, from Zaha Hadid to Yoko Ono. He is the author or editor of several books on art, literature and film.

Organizer:Shanghai Himalayas Museum

Co-organizers:Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Sean Scully Studio, New York, Timothy Taylor Gallery, Made in China (UK)

Supported by:Cultural and Education Section of the British Consulate- General

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  • Opening Hours Adjustment

    Due to the maintenance of art works and facilities, the visiting hours of exhibition Blissful Land: Into the Depth of Statues & Murals will be adjusted (since March 12, 2018) as follow: 10:00 - 18:00, Tuesday to Sunday (last admission: 17:00) ; closed on every Monday.

    Please alternate your visit time accordingly and we sincerely hope you have a good time during your visit! 


    Shanghai Himalayas Museum

    March 5, 2018

  • Opening Hours During the Spring Festival 2018

    Shanghai Himalayas Museum will be temporarily closed from 15th February to 16th February, and reopen at its usual time on 17th February.

    Festival Tickets are required during 17th February to 21st February, please go to the ticket office to get more information.

    Happy Chinese New Year!

  • Notice of Temporary Closure on 15th January, 2018

    “Miracle: The Bellini Family and the Renaissance” has been increasingly popular since its opening on September. To maintain the exhibits and provide a better visiting experience for the audience, Shanghai Himalayas Museum will be temporarily closed at 15th January, 2018. Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

  • Notice of Temporary Closure

    Shanghai Himalayas Museum will be temporarily closed at 1:00 pm-6:00 pm from 19th January 2018 to 21st January 2018, please pay attention to alternate your visit time if necessary. Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.
  • Exhibition Extends

    In response to popular demands from the public, CURRENT: Contemporary Art from Scotland Phase Three exhibition will be extended to 14th November, 2017. During this period, a workshop will be held at Shanghai Himalayas Museum, to help visitors gain a better understanding of the distinctiveness of contemporary art made in Scotland, its grass-roots spirit and keen debates with the social dimensions of art and culture.

  • Opening Hours Adjustment

    Opening hours adjust as follow:

    Mondays to Sundays: 10:00am - 6:00pm

    Entering no later than 5:00 pm

  • Announcing 2016 Artists in Residence (Gwanju)

    Announcing the 2016 Himalayas x Gwangju Artists in Residence

    After a month-long open call for the Shanghai Himalayas Museum Artist-in-Residences 2016 Gwangju Program, we are pleased to announce that we have selected two gifted Chinese artists, Shanghai-based Xu Zhifeng and Beijing-based Xie Yi, from the 49 applications we received, to embark on a journey to Korea as this years artists in residence.

    Congratulations to the two artists and a warm thank-you to all the artists who applied for the open call.



    1983 born Xu Zhifeng is an interdisciplinary artist based in Shanghai and holds a bachelor of architecture from the College of Fine Arts of Shanghai University.

    Past Works

    Mega Sim Card 
    Spray Paint on Concrete


    Mixed Media/



    Look Through ME
    Mixed Media/Photography


    XIE YI

    1984 born Xie Yi received his BFA and MFA in Sculpture from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. He is currently based in Beijing.

    Past Works

    Two Classic Works

    Snake and Women


    Snake and Women

    "La Chair" Exhibition

    2016, Shanghai

    Since 2014, Shanghai Himalayas Art Museum has established the long-term strategic collaborative relationship with the Gwangju Museum of Art. Gwangju Museum of Art has recommended many Korean artists to the Shanghai programme, such as Lee Jeong Lok, Kim Dong A, Li Shixuan, Zheng Guangxi, Sobin Park, Ryu Eun, etc. We have also recommended many Chinese artists to Korea, such as Guan Huaibin, Zhang Aidong, You Si, Zhang Qiushi, Zhan Jia, Hu Jiayi, Zhao Jingyan, and Zheng Haozhong.

    On the occasion of Gwangju Biennial and SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul, the museum will provide 3 months of exchange programme this year for the young artists in China during late August to mid-November.

  • Exhibition will open until 8 pm on weekend

    Updated Opening Hours for Dunhuang - Song Of Living Beings


    Closed on Mondays

    Open until 9pm on Wednesdays & 8pm on Saturdays and Sundays

    Exhibition Dates:

    November 29, 2015 - March 20, 2016 

  • Extension visiting hours for Mar.5-6

    The museum will open till 8 pm for this weekend, March 5 and March 6.

    Last admission at 7:30 pm

    Thank you for your support and enjoy the show.

    Shanghai Himalayas Museum 

  • Opening Hours during Spring Fesitival

    Opening Hours & dates during Spring Fesitival

    (Feb.7- Feb. 13)


    Closed on Monday (Feb.8),

    Open until 9:00 pm on Wednesday (Feb.10)

    Wish you a happy Chinese New Year.

  • Grotto No.275 will leave Shanghai on Jan.4, 2016






  • pre-registration for free Dunhuang Tickets

    We are delighted to inform you that your pre-registration online or via email makes you eligible to receive a free gift at the "Nihao Shanghai!” Conference on December 12-13th at Pudong Library. Not only can you enjoy the presentations of famous visual artists, curators, and architects, but you can also win tickets to the exhibitionDunhuang: Song of Living Beings or even a 1 year membership to the Shanghai Himalayas Museum!

    In order to win two free tickets to seeDunhuang: Song of Living Beings you must fulfil these requirements:

    Pre-register for the conference online or through email.

    Attend the conferences full day schedule (both morning and afternoon sessions) on either Saturday December 12th or Sunday 13th.

    If you attend both days for both morning and afternoon sessions, you are eligible to collect two pairs of two free tickets to visit Dunhuang: Song of Living Beings or exchange the 4 tickets for a 1 year membership to the Shanghai Himalayas Museum which includes benefits such as:

    Free admission for a year

    Catalogue with 30% off (one for each )

    VIP invitation of opening ceremonies

    20% off for Education Events/Courses (pre booking request)

    Guided Tour for members (except external guide tour)

    Latest information of exhibitions and activities

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    With our Best Regards,

    Shanghai Project

    Information about  "Nihao Shanghai!” Conference:


  • Wednesday Revolution|update of opening hours

    Update of opening hours:

    10:00-18:00 (Last admission 17:30)

    Closed on Monday, Extand to 21:00 on Wednesdays.

    December 7, 2015

  • Guided Tours of Dunhuang

    Guided tours led by the docent team from Dunhuang Academy will be given on a regular basis from 11:00 to 16:00. Guided tours in Japanese, German, French, Korean and English are also available upon reservation. In the meantime, specially-designed pamphlets and guided tours for kids will also be arranged to make the exhibition more enjoyable both to adults and kids.

    For reservation: 021-50339801-2032

    * Reservation must be made 1 week in advance. 

  • Visiting Architecture for Dogs


    Adult:¥ 100 

    Student: ¥ 50

    Group (8+): ¥ 80/person

    Opening Times: 10:00-18:00 Monday-Sunday

    * Small dogs could be carried into the museum

    more about the exhibition 

  • Notification of temporary closure

    Due to special activities, the museum will be closed at 16:00 today.

    We apologize for any inconvenience.

    Thank you for your cooperation.

    Shanghai Himalayas Museum


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