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Studio Visit: Digital Artist Yang Yongliang
by Alessandro De Toni A few meters from the Bund—the iconic promenade in Shanghai that offers a picture postcard view of booming urban China—an Art Deco building raised in 1931 hosts a cluster of creative studios. Here, digital artist Yang Yongliang...
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Five Intriguing, Forward-Thinking Chinese Car Brands
by Jaclyn Trop For an outsider, the streets of many Chinese cities can feel like a parallel universe. Of course, Chinese drivers are fond of Buicks and Mercedes-Benzes, but the recent proliferation of homegrown brands—especially from electric...
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Road Trip: From Shanghai to Hangzhou with Mercedes-Benz
by Jaclyn Trop Getting a driver’s license in China isn't easy. But after reams of paperwork, a battery of medical tests, and three hours watching closed-circuit television crash footage at a Shanghai police station, you might be lucky enough...
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Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury
by Jaclyn Trop As Mercedes-Benz continues to polish its rarefied Maybach brand, it’s testing the Chinese appetite for the marque’s first-ever all-electric SUV concept. Called the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury, the SUV debuted Tuesday at...
CULTURE
Zhong Shan’s Surrealist "Free Fall" Exhibition
by Alessandro De Toni The masters of surrealism left a strong mark on a whole generation of Chinese painters. Born in 1971, in the Southern province of Guizhou, Zhong Shan—like many artists of his generation—was inspired by surrealist masters, and...
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Lisa Roet's Bike-Powered Installation at Beijing's Opposite House
On the evening of Saturday, 24 March, as Beijing went dark for Earth Hour, a bunch of people climbed on 30 stationary Mobikes parked outside the Opposite House and began cycling. Their pedal power inflated and lit up Australian artist Lisa Roet...
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. Big Ben Will Ring Again, For The Holidays At the Palace of Westminster, Big Ben has been silent since August while under a much-needed four-year renovation costing roughly $60 million. It's the first time the clocktower hasn't rung in 157 years...
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Beijing Design Week 2017: Baitasi Remade
by Alessandro De Toni In a fast-changing city like Beijing, urban planners and designers puzzle over how to preserve the remains of historical identity while improving residents' quality of life in old neighborhoods. Round upon round of demolitions...
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Chinese Artist Cao Fei's BMW Art Car
by Alessandro De Toni When it comes to the incredible speed of development in China, the other side of the coin is corruption, pollution, social disparity, wild urbanization and more—themes not only tackled by daily news, but explored by Cao Fei...
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. The Most Impressive Fossil Discovered To Date Looking through photographer Robert Clark's photo set for the June 2017 issue of National Geographic, taken at Alberta’s Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, one cannot help but feel they're witnessing...
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Kong Lingxin's "Unit Time" in Beijing
by Alessandro de Toni In the Chinese art community, Kong Lingxin's work has been widely praised for its simplicity and elegance—characteristics rarely seen among the younger generations of artists in China. Kong's first solo show, "Unit...
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Studio Visit: Artist Xu Zhen
by Alessandro de Toni An hour drive out of Shanghai—far from the urban glitter and the lavish skyscrapers, into a land where Chinese cities tend to look all the same—lies MadeIn Company. Amid storage spaces and small factories, it’s a warehouse...
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Interview: Ma Yansong, Founder MAD Architects
by Alessandro De Toni When Westerners think about Chinese architecture, we oftentimes have two images in mind: old, grand pagodas settled on the top of a hill or titanic mega-projects breaking global records. Understanding the essence of Chinese...
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"Ren Hang" Celebrates the Chinese Photographer's Work
Update 24 February 2017: tragically, it's been reported that Ren Hang has passed away aged just 29 years old. Shooting on film, photographer Ren Hang captures his friends in trees and rivers in the woods, in his apartment and on the roofs of buildings...
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The Sanya EDITION Hotel
After allowing the magnitude of its open-air lobby to set in, one's first takeaway from the brand new Sanya EDITION Hotel is its scent profile. Even in the sea breeze, guests will notice something familiar. For anyone who has been to an EDITION Hotel...
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