Studio Visit: Digital Artist Yang Yongliang

In the crossroads between new visual languages and traditional Chinese art

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—an explorer of new Chinese aesthetics—conceives his pieces. At the age of 25, Yongliang decided that he wanted to be a full-time artist after receiving …

Kris Provoost Captures China’s Architectural Icons

In an impressive photo study called “Beautified China,” Beligan architect Kris Provoost has documented a bulk of the most extraordinary architectural phenomena in China. Provoost has been based in Shanghai for six years now, studying Asian megacities and large-scale structural experiments there. From the CCTV headquarters by Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren to the Shanghai Tower by Gensler, Provoost’s imagery (and videos) capture the spectacular. …

Studio Visit: Artist Xu Zhen

A Warhol-like factory of paintings and sculpture, an hour outside of central Shanghai

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 like many others surrounding it, and yet this is a place that has shaken up the Chinese contemporary art scene. We have arrived at …

Zaha Hadid’s Spectacular Leeza SOHO Tower, Shanghai

One of four projects underway by Zaha Hadid Architects and SOHO China, the Leeza SOHO Tower promises to be a striking addition to Shanghai’s skyline. Currently under construction, when complete the building will reach 207 meters high, and boast the world’s tallest atrium—some 190 meters tall. Not only will it stretch the 46 stories of the Leeza, the atrium has also been designed with a …

Rethink Aging, Thanks to This 80-Year-Old Chinese Model

Wang Deshun doesn’t look like your “regular” 80-year-old man. Wang (aka “China’s hottest grandpa”) is an actor, model and artist, and made waves last year when taking to the catwalk for the first time—showing off his super-fit physique. In China, the Times reports, “someone as young as 50 may be addressed as ‘yeye’ or ‘nainai’—grandpa or grandma—regardless of whether they have offspring,” so Wang’s rejection …