Art HK highlights

The world’s biggest art fair is taking place in Hong Kong this week. ARTHK2011 drew 63.000 people every day, and there is no reason to think this year’s fair will be less popular. 260 galleries from 38 countries are participating, with big players like White Cube, Ben Brown, Gagosian, Michael Hoppen Contemporary and ShanghART Gallery … Continue reading

Who bought The Scream?

The famous painting by Norwegian impressionist Edvard Munch got sold for a record price of 107 million US dollar this morning HK time (at 8 pm. New York time) – the most expensive painting ever sold at an auction. I got up early and streamed it live from Sotheby’ – and it was super exciting!! … Continue reading

New political column

Exciting news – from today and onwards I’ll be writing a column for Norwegian website PolitiskeNyheter every week. It will be about all things political in Asia, first and foremost Hong Kong & China. My first article was published today and it’s about the chief executive race in Hong Kong, which has taken a wild … Continue reading

TLK – Thai love king

After having spent a week in Thailand recently, there was one thing (except for all the stupid tourist costumes) that stuck with me – the thai people’s total embrace of their king. I’ve never seen anything like it in any other country. Everywhere you go there will be huge pictures of the king, outside stores, … Continue reading

Expat pandas on a China-long journey

Here’s one for you animal lovers. According to China Daily, a pair of pandas from the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding left China Sunday morning to Paris, where they would arrive after an 11 hour long flight. The pair is called Yuan Zai and Huan Huan. Zai, male, likes climbing trees, playing with … Continue reading