Art and Culture


From Jiangnan to Paris: an artist’s journey

IN recent years, Chinese artist Feng Xiaomin has acquired a reputation on the global art scene, following in the steps of two other big-name Chinese artists, Zao Wou-ki (1921-2013) and Chu Teh-Chun (1920-2014). In ...

June 15, 2019, Saturday


Sheer delight: ‘Music in the Summer Air’

THE Shanghai Symphony Orchestra’s “Music in the Summer Air” festival returns on July 2 for its 10th year, with 23 concerts in two weeks and guest performances by the New York Philharmonic and BBC Symphony ...

June 15, 2019, Saturday


Gloss of an ancient art form never wanes

CHINESE lacquerware, dating back some 8,000 years, is durable, waterproof and artistic — the exquisite artwork of multilayered varnish that is often carved, inlaid and painted with flora, fauna, landscape, ...

June 15, 2019, Saturday


Magical story behind the birth of China’s historic first dynasty, Xia

THE task of leading people to dredge waterways was a hardship which took Yu the Great years of perseverance and endurance, overcoming unimaginable difficulties. One day while Yu was passing Mount Tu, ...

June 15, 2019, Saturday


The store of perpetual peace: a Shanghai icon born in Australia

THE store of perpetual peace is one of the best-known and most famous landmarks in Shanghai. Its two-street front brilliant at night with neon light, its needle-like spire piercing the dark skylike a ...

June 8, 2019, Saturday


The Kwok brothers’ Wing On Department Store and their twin wishes

TUCKED away behind a stylish garden on Nanjing Road W, a pair of century-old white villas remain elegant, the homes of Chinese merchant brothers surnamed Kwok (usually referred to as Guo in pinyin). The ...

June 8, 2019, Saturday


Roll up! Roll up! A festival of the classic and new

TICKETS for the Panorama section of the 22nd Shanghai International Film Festival, to be held from June 15 to 24, go on sale today. Online ticket sales start at 8am at dianying.taobao.com. Two hours ...

June 8, 2019, Saturday


‘I live in a world of sound and have realized God through my music’

THERE are probably very few musicians in the world who can claim to have as long and illustrious lineage as Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, a sixth-generation sarod player. Khan’s forefathers reworked the rubab, ...

June 8, 2019, Saturday


Ancient Buddhist murals recast in music

CHINESE composer and conductor Tan Dun stood in awe on his first visit to the Mogao Caves, the famed grottoes filled with ancient Buddhist murals near Dunhuang in northwest China’s Gansu Province. He ...

June 1, 2019, Saturday


Exiled ancient poet holds mirror to his life

ON his deathbed, ancient poet Su Shi (1037-1101) sees the Heavenly Emperor, who tells him that he is the Wisdom Star sent to earth from the celestial court. In order to return to heaven, Su is told he ...

June 1, 2019, Saturday




 

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