Friday, April 03, 2015

Shanghai - More Around Town

In which we visit the 10th Shanghai Biennale, the so-called West Bund River Walk, and revisit the coconut man.

First hot day in Shanghai this year as we walk along the West Bund. Lots of boat traffic to keep the guys from getting bored. That's the Lupu Bridge at back.
Shanghai, China

Shanghai, China

And in this shot you can almost see the buildings of the 2010 Shanghai Expo on the far right bank.
Shanghai, China

And there's a skateboard park of sorts.
Shanghai, China

And the nearby Long Museum with sculpture park.
Shanghai, China

It's a short walk to Longhua Buddhist Temple for a vegetarian lunch at their onsite restaurant; noodle soup.
Shanghai, China

Shanghai, China

Shanghai, China

Shanghai, China

Shanghai, China

And it always breaks our hearts to see the horrible renovation of the nearby Longhua Airport Terminal, once a beautiful Art Deco building.
Shanghai, China

It's officially Spring when the cherry tree near Grandmother's apartment is in full bloom.
10th Shanghai Biennale - Shanghai, China

Beautiful day to be on the river. Maybe one day I'll hitch a ride on one of these work boats.
Shanghai, China

The kuai di, courier services, are moving tremendous numbers of packages these days as online shopping continues to grow in China. Three years ago on our last visit, most couriers drove electric motor-scooters, now they drive electric (I think) three-wheelers.
Shanghai, China

We see the coconut man again atop the bridge and stop to buy mangoes.
Shanghai, China

While we were delighted with the 6th Shanghai Biennale in 2006, we found the 10th Biennale to be ho-hum. My guess is that the art often seems lost in the new venue, Power Station of Art, the former power plant with it's huge spaces.

The giant smoke stack of the Power Station of Art is outfitted to be a giant thermometer - reading 29 C in this photo.
10th Shanghai Biennale - Shanghai, China

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10th Shanghai Biennale - Shanghai, China

1999 (2014), a sound installation by Liu Ding. "The work 1999 reflects on the state of “contemporary art“ in China in the 1990s. The work consists of recorded quotes and pop music of the 1990s, which can be listened to on the telephones."
10th Shanghai Biennale - Shanghai, China

"Bouquet V (2010), meanwhile, consists of 95 different flowers, each occurring just once in the elaborate arrangement of various sizes, colors and textures." By Willem de Rooj.
10th Shanghai Biennale - Shanghai, China

Windows on the World (Part 2), 2014 by Ming Wong. "This work (in collaboration with Thomas Tsang of Dehow Projects) focuses on the concept of “future” in Chinese modernity, and particular, how it is manifested in the unlikely relationship between sci-fi and 20th century Cantonese opera.
10th Shanghai Biennale - Shanghai, China

There is a wide open deck off 3F with a coffee shop and great views to the Huangpu River and Lupu Bridge. Not to mention the west side gives a so-so view of the 2077 ft tall Shanghai Tower, the 2nd tallest building in the world (no worthy photo).
10th Shanghai Biennale - Shanghai, China

10th Shanghai Biennale - Shanghai, China



3 comments:

Crash Eddy said...

Is the haze in your photos the Shanghai pollution we hear of? Does the bike/trike with the huge load ring a bell to warn you? Noodle soup looks filling.

john said...

Crash - Yes that day the haze was pollution. Don't remember if that trike had a bell; however, usually they do have one. Noodle soup = filling + hydrating + warming = comfort food. ;-)

Liz said...

Interesting that the former power station is turned into a contemporary art museum. So the building is still generating energy - just the intellectual kind!

Any idea what the guy was transporting in the sacks on the bike?

Agree with crash Eddie - seems a bit hazy there.