*Bling bling* overload – mirror mosaics in Ali Ibn Hamzeh shrine

In Iran you find mosaics basically everywhere. The ones that fascinate me the most were those glittering mirrored mosaics. When I visited Shah-e-Cheragh Shrine, they told me that I couldn’t enter the mirror pray room. Then they recommended me to the oldest shrine (for the relative of 8th Imam) in Shiraz. Continue reading *Bling bling* overload – mirror mosaics in Ali Ibn Hamzeh shrine

Sculpture Talks – Meet Tony Cragg @ Tehran

On my last day in Tehran, I spent half of my afternoon in the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. Not until I went there, did I realize there was a temporary Tony Cragg exhibition going on.

Just in case you haven’t heard about him, Tony Cragg is born in Liverpool, one of the most important contemporary sculptors. You may find his works in many German cities (He’s not living in Wuppertal). Cragg doesn’t limit his sculpture works to any materials. You find all extensive materials out of his works: wood, glass, steel, bronze, plastic and ceramics. Cragg has always been searching for the ideal combination of material and form. For him, sculpture is a study of how material can affect and form human emotions and ideas.

The forms and images made by artists are seldom the result of groundless innovations, but result out of their understanding of their existence, which in turn can only reflect the knowledge, history and beliefs of the artist’s culture.

Tony Cragg.

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The exhibition is called “Stones and Roots”. It celebrates the diversity and energy charaterizing this productive sculptor. Continue reading Sculpture Talks – Meet Tony Cragg @ Tehran

Persepolis, Ceremonial Capital of the Persian Empire

Those who have been following my Iran trip vlogs must know that I went to Persepolis twice. The first time I went all the way there only to find out it was closed because of a religious holiday. It was rather disappointing at the time but also lead me to read a bit more about Persepolis before the second try. When I finally got to see its magnificence, I felt all the effort was worth. Continue reading Persepolis, Ceremonial Capital of the Persian Empire

Christmas tree turned into a Carousel

This year we celebrate the 30 year anniversary of the Christmas market in town by setting up a cute Christmas tree and a big wheel in Ladeuzeplein, a square that features the university library of KU Leuven. This year I wouldn’t be in Belgium for Christmas, I decided to go take a look before I head on my vacation.

由于圣诞节要去旅行,没办法在欧洲过圣诞节,所以最近一些天的圣诞气氛显得很宝贵,我们城市鲁汶的圣诞市场才刚开始,但是我一直觉得这里的圣诞市场是比利时最温馨的。刚巧今年要庆祝圣诞市场诞生30周年,所以更是特别装饰了广场,跟我去看看吧。

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