Poster of Palate 461x598 - Shanghai Gallery of Art re-opens with the group exhibition "Pal(ate)/ette/"For SGA’s re-opening and re-launch, for the first time in the history of Three on the Bund, a major exhibition takes place throughout the whole building – Pal(ate)/ette/.

From September 20th – October 31st, over 100 objects by 69 artists are displayed in a salon-style exhibition within SGA and peppered throughout Three on the Bund’s restaurants and bars, in dialogue with the exhibits and their surroundings.

The exhibition also marks the debut of nrm’s curatorial project as Artistic Director of the new SGA.

Pal(ate)/ette/ show artworks throughout Three on the Bund with the exhibition’s core display in SGA. Curated by nrm, Pal(ate)/ette/ reflects the spectrum of associations of the homonyms Palate and Palette; a synthesis of the senses – taste sight hearing smell and touch – and presenting Three on the Bund as a cultural whole.

The exhibition title relates to two homophones. While ‘Palate’ refers to the ability to distinguish between and appreciate different flavours related to food as well as relishing its taste, ‘Palette’ denotes a broad range of colours or simply the board upon which artists mix pigments. Both symbolise the most significant motif in Pal(ate)/ette/, both as metaphor and experience.

Pal(ate)/ette/ involves two distinct but intertwined worlds, those of taste and color. These worlds interact to create relations between the artists, artworks, and the halls and salons of Three on the Bund, and Shanghai itself. The exhibition explores the richness of aesthetics and materiality in colouration and the sensuousness of food and its ingredients, as medium, subject matter, in its devouring, and as communicative and social habits, experiences for which Three on the Bund is famous. The exhibition is a sumptuous journey that delights us into imagining anew the limitless ways to plunge into uncanny and alluring experiences that tease our senses of sight, smell and space, immersive experiences, encompassing and meditative. This fluidity brings the artworks to resonate with each other, adding to and ultimately enriching one another.


Pal(ate)/ette/ finally is a journey through synesthesia. Colour and taste are always elements of the experience of art and food, affecting the sensations of the person moving in and through the show as much as ordinary life. Pal(ate)/ette/ embodies this.

Wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling, in corners and cabinets, Pal(ate)/ette/ does not merely serve the cause of art, food and drink. It is a social organ with a life of its own, a meandering walk through Three on the Bund, its history, restaurants, and its gallery, to stimulate and engage a wide range of artgoers, eaters, drinkers and conversationalists, cultivating awareness from an amalgam of expressive invention and poetic association, memory and madeleine.

About the exhibition

Dates: Sep 20, 2019 – Oct 31, 2019

Venue: Shanghai Gallery of Art

Artists: Cai Dongdong, Cai Yuan + Xi Jianjun, Chen Yufan, Chen Wei, Chen Yujun, Cheng Ran, Gao Lei, Gao Weigang, Gao Ludi, Guo Hongwei, Jiang Zhi, Jiang Pengyi, Jin Shan, Li Jingxiong, Li Tingwei, Li Qing, Liu Jianhua b.1962, Liu Yujia, Liu Weijian, Lu Chao, Lu Zhengyuan, Lv Song, Ma Wen, Ma Ke, Na Buqi, Ni Zhiqi, Ni Jun, Ou Yangchun, Peng Wei, Qin Qi, Qiu Jie, Shao Yinong + Mu Chen, Shen Liang, Shen Shaomin, Shen Fan, Shen Ruijun, Shi Zhiying, Shi Yiran, Shi Jinsong, Song Yuanyuan, Song Dong + Yin Xiuzhen, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, Tang Nannan, Wang Jiaxue, Wang Yuyang, Wang Yi, Wang Zhibo, Wu Di, Wu Shanzhuan & Inga Svala Thorsdottir, Xu Zhen®, Xue Feng, Yan Lei, Yan Heng, Yang Jian b.1982, Yang Yongliang, Zhang Ding, Zhang Yexing, Zhang Lehua, Zheng Guogu, Zheng Lu, Zhong Yunshu, Zhou Wendou, Zhu Xinyu, Zhu Jinshi

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