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At Rong Zhai, a meticulously restored early 2oth-century villa and Prada‘s cultural outpost in Shanghai, London-based Polish artist Goshka Macuga currently has a solo show. Conceived in collab with Fondazione Prada in Milan, the show is entitled What Was I?, and represents a journey in the imaginary post-Anthropocene epoch, after the collapse of humankind due to the effects of technological overdevelopment. The protagonist and the only inhabitant of Rong Zhai is an android, which constantly recites a monologue constructed from numerous excerpts of seminal speeches and reveals his personal art collection includes twenty-six works from the Prada collection, as well as three recent paper collages by the artist. In Macuga’s fictional and post-apocalyptic universe, the exhibition explores the complexity of computer-like patterns and geometric shapes and creates an autonomous alphabet of forms. The android is surrounded by a constellation of works by Italian artists, who experimented in their works new ways to overcome the physical and symbolic limits of the canvas and employed unconventional materials that connected art to reality (on through Jun 2). Location: Rong Zhai, 186 Shaanxi Bei Lu (Jing’an Si).

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