The next exhibition at Prada Rong Zhai, the 1918 house that Prada has fully restored in the heart of Shanghai, is officially open. Artist Li Qing’s exhibition ‘Rear Windows’ has taken up residency, imagining the building as a space still used by the residents’ contemporary ghosts, recreating visions of ballrooms, bedrooms, bathroom and yes, karaoke rooms. Our dream house, ghosts and all. The exhibition, inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 ‘Rear Windows’ sees the city of Shanghai through Li Qing’s eyes, looking at Shanghai through eyes of he old and new: urban myths, social groups, old and new buildings. Jérôme Sans describes the exhibition, “as a narrative story conceived through a wide range of Li Qing’s past and recent works, unfolding as in a movie set of a film whose action is about to happen. Li Qing initiates here a new form of poetry in Prada Rong Zhai, one which belongs to an imaginary society and that lives in its past dreams, but also within his own work of today, continually questioning: how to be closer to the reality of things?” We like the worlds that live inside Prada Rong Zhai.
by Roxy Lola