21ST CENTURY CHINESE POETRY

In the modern era, many of the traditional uses of Chinese poetry remain intact (these include relationships between politics and poetry). The early twentieth century, was a period in which the world’s other linguistic traditions of poetry influenced Chinese poets. Modern Chinese poetry, does not follow prescribed patterns. Poetry was revolutionized (after 1919’s May Fourth Movement), when writers tried to ...

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I DIDN’T KILL MY HUSBAND – Novel by Liu Zhenyun

Many Chinese writers seek to make sense of China’s newly urbanized culture, but Liu Zhenyun seems to have his finger more firmly on the pulse of China’s cities. After graduating from university, he became a journalist at the Farmers Daily.He was born in Yanjin (Henan Province), in 1958. In 1973 he joined the People’s Liberation Army and spent years in ...

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ENJOYING A QUIET FEMALE SMOKE – When objects are a mix of traditional Chinese culture and Western technology

LEO BAO JUN 1/4 – He is a professional painter from China. His works have been featured in a variety of exhibitions in China (including the Shanghai International Art Fair, Shanghai Music Hall Art Show, first prize in a Liaoning Province film poster challenge, and a ShangHai Art Legend Gallery Solo Show). Born in 1963 in China’s north-east Liaoning province, ...

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THE VERY STOUT CHINESE MONK WITH A BROAD SMILE

One of the four great ancient civilizations, China is the size of the USA or Europe (with more people than Europe and North America together). An enormous and beautiful land, China offers you so much to see and explore. Essence of China? Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai (enjoying China’s cultures and classic beauty, where you won’t miss any important places or ...

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TIME IS RUNNING AWAY – Hugo Grotius: the man who escaped in chest of books

Hugo Grotius https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmdXusPBF3w was a Dutch jurist that laid the foundations for international law, based on natural law. He wrote most of his works in exile, in France. He was teenage intellectual prodigy, he was imprisoned for his involvement in the intra-Calvinist disputes of the Dutch Republic (but escaped hidden in chest of books). A prodigious learner, he entered the ...

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PAINTING IN HIGHLY REALISTIC MANNER – The intense illumination painting of Ferdinand Georg Waldmuller

FERDINAND GEORG WALDMULLER 1/4 – He, born in Vienna was an Austrian writer and painter, one of the most important of the Biedermeier period. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPuLuVOXQoc In 1807, at the age of 14, he left his family to attend the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, where studied portrait painting. In 1814 he married Katharina Weidner. He lived in Bratislava, then worked ...

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IS THAT BIEDERMEIER? – Vienna / Belvedere Museum, until February 12, 2017

The Biedermeier period refers to an era between 1815 and 1848, during which arts appealed to common sensibilities. It began at the end of the Napoleonic Wars, and ended with the onset in 1848. Enter the exhibition “Is that Biedermeier?” that starts with works from the 1830s, reflecting the standard of painting in Austria: http://www.belvedere.at/jart/prj3/belvedere/main.jart?rel=belvedere_en&content-id=&reserve-mode=active Look at painting between 1830 ...

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The surrealist underwater world of ANDREAS FRANKE

ANDREAS FRANKE 1/4 – He is  Austrian art photographer and a lover of scuba diving. He was introduced to photography at an early age, when he was given a Polaroid camera as a present.  “Everything started with this camera,” he says, but at first he had to become an engineer, as it was a family expectation. When he was 16, ...

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