The Hague

Yang Yongliang exhibition 2014 at Sophie Maree Gallery 1 March – 19 April

Today is the opening of Yang Yongliang solo exhibition at Sophie Maree Gallery, The Hague. From 1 March till 19 April 2014, Opening Times: Wednesday to Saturday 12.00 – 17.00.

Yang Yongliang 楊泳樑 born 1980 in Jiading, Shanghai is a Chinese contemporary artist.

“Yang has exhibited in group and solo shows around the world. In 2012, his work was included in “The Printed Image in China, 8th–21st Century“ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.” Read his interview with Art Radar Asia, titled:“Tearing down the past to build the future”.

Yang Yongliang solo exhibition 2014 © Yang Yongliang courtesy Sophie Maree gallery, The Hague.

Yang Yongliang solo exhibition 2014
© Yang Yongliang courtesy Sophie Maree Gallery, The Hague.

As a young student studied traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy before attending the Shanghai Art & Design Academy, where he specialised in decoration and design beginning in 1996. In 1999 he attended the China Academy of Art, Visual Communication Department, Shanghai branch. In 2005 he started his career as an artist with the stated goal of “creating new forms of contemporary art. During the time many experimental short films and artworks had been nominated and prized. Many of his articles were published in various magazines in the field. His book “Grand Church” was published as a teaching material. 

Yang Yongliang creates his photographs using a digital camera. His many views of the cityscape are used as the building blocks for his works. The computer is his tool. He extends his digital photographic ‘landscapes’ to create video/digital animations. In Yang Yongliang’s video work, “Phantom Landscape”, the viewer encounters what appears to be a landscape painting. The mountains are composed of densely packed concrete buildings. The forest is composed of construction cranes and electric towers, and misty streams flow from contaminated urban waste. The scene that once was the inspiration for ancient poets is supplanted by a congested cityscape, filled with the too familiar concrete towers of modern cities and the atmospheric haze of pollution has replaced natural mists and clouds. 

Sophie Maree Gallery - Contemporary Art

Sophie Maree Gallery – Contemporary Art

Sophie Maree Gallery

Muriel Mager and Ronald Schmets

Adress: Hellingweg 96D

2583 HD Den Haag, The Netherlands

Contact information:

0031 (0)614794219
0031 (0)70 3060681

Opening Times: Wednesday to Saturday 12.00 – 17.00



Traveltip Chinatowns in The Netherlands

Lonely Planet published in travel tips and articles category, some of the World’s best Chinatowns. The Netherlands most famous Chinatown is located in the former Red Light district of capital city Amsterdam, a major tourist attraction for decades. Amsterdam is also featured in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel: Top Ten Cities.

If your making plans to book a holiday to Europe, come and visit have a glance at what the City offers in promising upcoming cultural events and more. Click this link of “I Amsterdam” and download the Amsterdam 2013 Newsletter for news and Programme highlights.

Amsterdam renowned for its creativity and innovation – photo copyright ©IAmsterdam

Important events to watch:
People and their historic houses tells us more about their culture, this theme will be central to the World Interiors Event 2013 “Past, Present and Future of Interiors”

While here visit Den Haag, Chinatown in The Hague take a peek at this album of Chinatown Den Haag website. It has followed the example of Chinatown London with a Chinese Gate. A significant entrance of Chinatown connecting directly with The Hague City Centre shopping area and historical sights for leisurely strolls. It has many events during the week and weekends to visit and engage, lots of top attractions, landmarks and tours. I recommend to sign up for the guided tour at famously Binnenhof where the Dutch Prime-Minister resides in the turret at the corner of the Hofvijver. For a concise overview of sightseeing highlights read the info on the holland-hotel link.

Renowned port of Rotterdam saw its first Chinatown located in Katendrecht which in local slang was called “de Kaap“. An initiative instigated by the celebration of the 100-year presence of Chinese in Dutch society saw Erika Blikman and Yuen Han Lam teaming up. Together they brought a young group of enthusiast designers, artist and cultural professionals together, with the ambition in 2011 starting  China op de Kaap (website is only Dutch yet, but gives a clear view featuring an ongoing program). The project received overwhelming enthusiasm and support, de Kaap now represents an eclectic mix of arts and heritage of Chinese community set up by first immigrants arriving in this neighbourhood.

De Westkruiskade is located in Rotterdam city centre and conveniently near Central Station, due to the neglect of city planning in the past Katendrecht saw most of its proprietors move out due to loss of business customers and visitors. New entrepreneurs started their business closer to the city with a new Chinatown named Kruiskade, however it is delusive next to Chinese this neighbourhood also includes Dutch, Antillian, Suriname and African residents with many Oriental shops, restaurants and supermarkets catering to multi-cultural shoppers and attracting visitors on City day-trips.

Enjoy great Chinese and other Asian cuisines in Chinatowns explore Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam. Discover these Cities and have a great time with their offerings!

Note: Featured image source Chinatown Den Haag copyright ©