This time we visited Suzhou and went for a hiking trip to Mt Dragon King – Shuicin, Anji with an amazing group.
We also saw (again) some great exhibitions/installations and shows:
- Yayoi Kusama @ Bund Finance Centre
- Felipe Pantone : distance, vitesse, temps, formule @ Magda Danysz Gallery
- Museum of Failure @ Shanghai No 1 Department Store
- Universe of Water Particles in the Tank by teamLab @ TANK Shanghai
- Sleep No More by Punchdrunk International @ the McKinnon Hotel
We are flying to Shanghai in 10 days for the 5th times. I am still teaching Interior Design in Shanghai SCF – Dongua University.
It was time to get through the pictures I took there in October/November/December
During the week-ends we had the chance to visit Xian to see the mind Blowing Terracotta Army and went for a hiking trip with Hiking Lovers to Xianju Gong Yu, where we slept in a tent by 5 degrees 🙂 .
We also saw some great exhibitions/installations:
- The Eternal Thread by Louise Bourgeois @ Long Museum West bund
- Mind Temple @ MOCA
- The incredible “Shanghai Biennale” exhibition called Proregress @ Power Station of Art
- Mumbling Mud by Katharina Grosse @ Chi K11
- The Rain Room by Random International & The Artist is present by Maueizio Cattelan @ Yüz Museum
- Construction of reality by Leandro Erlich & a Joseph Beuys exhibition @ How art museum
- Cindy Sherman exhibition @ Bund Finance Centre
- Partial Phenomena by Zheng Lu @ Shanghai Gallery of Art
- Incarnation by Yao Jui-Chung @ Swatch Art Peace Hotel
A selection of pictures from our latest trip in China.
I was still teaching Interior Design in Shanghai SCF – Dongua University. I am proud and would like to congratulate the fourth years students who are currently exhibiting their final year project for the FIRST-EVER SCF Graduate Exhibition 2018.
During the week-ends we had the chance to be there for the Lantern Festival, visited Disneyland Shanghai, went for a hiking trip with Hiking Lovers to the Longxu Mountain (very hard but worth it, it was stunning) and finally went for 3 days in Beijing and hiked on the Great wall (I would recommend anyone who want to do it to contact John – Here is Beijing . He is great and you will experience the wall by your own).
We just came back from a week holidays in Quebec, Canada: wilderness, snow, kindness and feeling of being home would synthesise this well needed break. We went in Montreal, Quebec City and 3 national parcs (Parc national de la Mauricie, Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier, Parc national du Mont-Tremblant), visits the Hotel des Glaces and meet some great people.
I spent 2 weeks in Timisoara, Romania in December, following Clément on a business trip.
I spent my days walking around the city center, taking pictures, drawing and drinking tea in Libraria Carturesti – strada Mercy.
The buildings in ‘Timi’ are fascinating by their colours and the fact the you can observe the time passing on them. During the weekends we went to Băile Herculane, Arad and Hunedoara.
The spa town of Băile Herculane has a long history of human habitation, inhabited since the Paleolithic era. Legend has it that the weary Hercules stopped in the valley to bathe and rest. Unearthed stone carvings show that visiting Roman aristocrats turned the town into a Roman leisure center. In modern times, the spa town has been visited for its supposedly natural healing properties: hot springs with sulfur, chlorine, sodium, calcium, magnesium and other minerals, as well as negatively ionized air. Before World War II, when the first modern hotel was built (i.e. H Cerna, 1930) it remained a popular destination with Western Europeans. During the Communist rule, mass tourism facilities were built, such as the 8- to 12-storied concrete hotels. Nowadays, the old spa buildings are abandoned, almost demolished ; the Austrian Imperial Baths building is ruined as well as the bridges over the Cerna river. Almost everything is in bad shape. It has the feel of a ‘ghost resort’. We managed to go inside the ‘Spa’ and it was both heartbreaking and fascinating. It must have been a very beautiful and relaxing place in the past. It made us realised how fast buildings and places can loose their hour of glory: even after being at the top for centuries it took only a decade to crumbled. At the same time it is very beautiful and a paradise for photographer: we spent at least two hours taking pictures and imagining how it was just few years back. You can read a good testimony in Vice about how the town is ‘Crumbling’ illustrated by beautiful pictures HERE.