From last summer at MoMA: seven sculptures grouped together in an installation called The Equinox by Swiss-born American artist Carol Bove. Technically The Equinox is an arrangement rather than an installation (id est, an exhibition rather than a work in itself). When I first walked into the room and saw it I was like … what am I looking at? The sculptures aren’t impressive ‘wow’ kind of pieces, but there were a serene, beautiful kind of harmony. And I’m a sucker for modernism.
Carol Bove, The Equinox (installation view and detail), 2013
On Wednesday I took a little trip to Nanxiang, a town near the top of Shanghai. It’s still within reach of the subway, so it was a pretty easy trip (about 40 minutes to get there). It was a small town, so they didn’t have much to offer other than Guyi Gardens and Nanxiang Old Street, where Yunxiang Temple and the Twin Pagodas are. Below is a picture from within the temple.
Nanxiang is known for its xiaolongbao, which are little dumplings. Well … Shanghai is known for xiaolongbao, but they actually originated from Nanxiang. It’s just that when compared with Shanghai, Nanxiang is an afterthought. The dumplings were good, but nothing worth raving about. All in all we spent about four hours there, which was plenty.