Italian designer, director, and artist Lucas Zanotto brings delightful kinetic characters to life in his first solo exhibition, MOODS, opening December 28th at the historical former St. Mary’s Hall in Shanghai. Hosted by M:87, the multimedia exhibition taps into a new space in the art world, combining life sized physical sculptures with a medley of digital techniques including an augmented reality (AR) installation in collaboration with Acute Art.
A winner of international art and design accolades including the Cannes Golden Lion and the
Apple Design Award, Lucas has directed numerous animations and films. He has collaborated with artists including KAWS, Josh Sperling and Felipe Pantone, and worked with brands including Google, Amazon, to name a few. Having ventured in the NFT world a few years ago, Zanotto now brings his iconic digital work into the physical art realm with his very first exhibition.
“It’s an honor to be debuting my first solo exhibition in Shanghai with M:87. Following Covid-19 mandated restrictions that have left artists and art lovers across the world stuck at home, I’m beyond grateful that my immersive exhibition can be experienced in person and in real time. From CGI animation and blackbox projections to AR installations and life-size sculptures, there is a medium for everyone to enjoy in MOODS,” said Zanotto.
Behind the artist’s comforting and relaxed artworks lie profound insights into the digital age.
An expert in digital art, Zanotto masterfully melds a simple design language with a playful
color collection and captivating kinetic motion to deliver works of indescribable spiritual delight. He is best known for his big-eyed kinetic sculpture characters and animated loops,
which have taken social media by storm. In the past year, Zanotto has made waves in the
NFT world, using the crypto market to spread joy through his lovable geometric characters.
In MOODS, Zanotto constructs a multidimensional event using modeling, materials, and
renderings. The contemporary exhibition will be held at the historical St. Mary’s Hall in
Shanghai, a former Christian girls school dating back to 1881.
The exhibition space is divided into seven zones encompassing CGI animation, sculpture,
installation, projection, public art, AR artwork, art merchandise, and more. From life-size fiberglass sculptures displayed in the church halls to charming AR characters that can be
viewed from different vantage points, audiences can fully engage their senses and immerse
themselves in the multimedia experience that is MOODS.
Visitors will be welcomed by six meter tall character balloons on the lawn outside of the
church, while Zanotto’s signature “eyes” will greet visitors from the church’s windows and
curtain door. Inside the church halls, showcased within nine stunning arches will be the
artist’s signature kinetic videos played on loop. At the end of the hall will be a specially
curated black box, an immersive room which guests can enter to be surrounded and mesmerized by Zanotto’s iconic animation projections. Integral to Zanotto’s works, music is
combined with each animation in order to bring audiences visual and auditory comfort.
Installations like “Watery Eyes” will allow visitors to interact with and appreciate the art in
Take Home MOODS Merchandise
Created specially for this exhibition are 50 sets of limited edition MOODS sculptures
featuring five of Lucas Zanotto’s iconic animation characters, “Ehhh,” “Ohhh,” “Mhhh,”
“Uhhh,” and “Ahhh”. Take home and call this adorable collection your own along with a
special NFT certificate backed by EchoX.
Specially designed and available for sale at the exhibition also include MOODS merchandise
such as tote bags, clocks, mood tower prints, and magnets.
The limited edition mini MOODS sculpture sets and the full range of merchandise will also be
available worldwide via www.m87inno.com and on the M:87 WeChat page, M87art.
M:87 Presents Lucas Zanotto’s MOODS
Date: 28th December – 23rd January 2021
VIP and media preview day: 27th December
Time: Tuesday-Friday 11am-6pm, Saturday-Sunday 10 am-7pm
Location: Raffles City, Changning, Shanghai
For more information on M:87 and MOODS, including exhibition details, address and
opening hours, please visit http://www.m87inno.com.