Jeff Koons at Newport Street Gallery

Posted on October 16, 2016 by Toothpicker

Ok, I am not a fan of Jeff Koons nor Damien Hirst, so what was I doing at Hirst's art gallery for Koons' Now exhibition? One reason: architecture. This month, Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall was named as the winner of this year’s Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) Stirling Prize for [...]

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Art & nature at Storm King Art Center

Posted on September 18, 2016 by Toothpicker


Scenery on the way to Storm King Art Center in New Windsor
My trip to New York was split between staying in the city and spending time with my good friend and her family in Connecticut, and without a doubt it was the best way to enjoy what New York REALLY has [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, New York, Art, Gardens & parks, contemporary, Sculptures, American art and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, nature, cycling, New York, contemporary art, sculpture park, american art

The 9th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art

Posted on June 12, 2016 by Toothpicker

KW Institute for Contemporary Art
After the disappointing DMY design festival, I stumbled upon The 9th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (4th June until 18th September) by chance, and decided to check out it out. A €16 ticket (€26 including a boat trip) includes admission to four venues across the city. Due to [...]

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Frieze London 2015

Posted on October 25, 2015 by Toothpicker

2nd row left: 'Cierra' by John de Andrea at Galerie Perrotin; 2nd middle: 'Steel Broken Figure' by Daniel Arsham at Galerie Perrotin; 2nd row right: 'Mutter' by Erwin Wurm
I have continued to declare that I am not a fan of art fairs, yet my curiosity has led me back to them somehow [...]

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The Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris

Posted on October 19, 2015 by Toothpicker

Opened in October 2014, the Fondation Louis Vuitton was designed by star architect Frank Gehry in the Bois de Boulogne adjacent to Jardin d’Acclimatation.
Commissioned by Bernard Arnault, the Chairman of LVMH, the $143 million sails-inspired glass building is a contemporary art museum consisted of 11 galleries, an auditorium, a restaurant, a bookstore [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Architecture, Travel, Nature, Paris, Art, Gardens & parks, Contemporary and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, nature, paris, parks, contemporary art, contemporary architecture, Louis Vuitton Fondation, Frank Gehry

Autumn in Paris

Posted on October 17, 2015 by Toothpicker


I had originally planned to visit Maison et objet, the mega design trade show in Paris at the beginning of September. Yet an unexpected event happened at home and I decided to postpone by trip by about a month.
I wasn't quite mentally prepared for the trip, but the beauty of Paris [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Photography, Travel, Paris, Art, Hiking & walking, Gardens & parks, Street life and was tagged with architecture, paris, gardens, sculptures, street life

Utopia installation by Penny Woolock

Posted on August 10, 2015 by Toothpicker

What is the definition of 'utopia'? According to the Oxford dictionary, the definition is as follows: "An imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect. The word was first used in the book Utopia (1516) by Sir Thomas More. The opposite of dystopia."
This year, The Roundhouse invited award-winning [...]

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King's Cross Pond Club & the New Horizon pavilions

Posted on July 5, 2015 by Toothpicker

The pond club is the new art installation at King's Cross ongoing redevelopment
Last month, I attended a tour of the Of Soil and Water: King's Cross Pond Club organised by property developmer Argent ( responsible for the regeneration of King's Cross) as part of the London festival of architecture. If you are [...]

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Yokosuka Museum of art

Posted on June 17, 2015 by Toothpicker

Yokosuka museum of art
Due to unforeseen circumstances, my original itinerary in Japan was altered at the last minute, and I had to go alone without my travel companion and cancelled all the pre-booked accommodations.
Fortunately, I managed to rebook my entire trip one day before my departure; and a few days [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Architecture, Travel, Art, Anything Japanese, Design, Japanese art, Contemporary and was tagged with contemporary architecture, yokosuka museum of art, Japanese architecture

PMQ - Hong Kong's creative hub

Posted on May 6, 2015 by Toothpicker

PMQ's Staunton Street entrance
Back in 2010, I visited the disused Grade 3 listed former Hollywood Road Police Married Quarters, which was temporarily transformed into an arts and design hub by deTour (part of The Business of design week). Built in 1951 as housing or dormitory for Chinese rank and file police officers [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Exhibitions, Architecture, Shopping, Travel, Art, Hong Kong design, Architectural conservation, Design and was tagged with Hong Kong, shopping, Hong Kong design, Architectural conservation

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