Art Deco Shanghai 2015

China_111908-062-Edit-60070The wait is over for the date of 2015 World Congress on Art Deco in Shanghai to be revealed.

Speaking to the Art Deco Society of New York, Tess Johnston (who, with Deke Erh has been keeper of the Art Deco flame in Shanghai) said the meeting will take place in November.  I have Tess’ email address and will post updates as they are received.

For now, I’ll just say that Shanghai is one of the world’s great cities, offering an incredible sights at every turn. If you visited Havana last year, you saw the urgent need to preserve or at least enjoy the city’s crumbling Art Deco architecture. The situation in Shanghai is similar, although for different reasons.

For Art Deco fans, time to visit is now.

Shanghai for WP (11 of 14)

It looks like Tess and Deke’s gorgeous Shanghai Art Deco book has gone out of print. In the meantime, I recommend their classic, A Last Look, without which I would have been lost.


Hope to see you for a stroll along the Bund. By the way, November can be chilly. Much more to follow.

Shanghai for WP (5 of 14)


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2 Responses to Art Deco Shanghai 2015

  1. jan and carleen lorys says:

    We are definitely coming to the Conference! We are asking for information/recommendations for pre and post conference travelling. Do all China? Visit three or four countries? Which ones? Vietnam? Japan? Cambodia? Thanks for an and all assistance?

    • Randy Juster says:

      Hi Jan – On the one hand, I’m not aware of much Art Deco in China outside Shanghai. But on the other, to visit China without at least seeing Beijing, the great wall, the terra-cotta soldiers in Xian, the Li river etc, would be a shame. And of course that’s just scratching the surface.

      As far as Art Deco is concerned, there is some that the French left in Saigon (you can ask Robin Grow for details) and Vietnam is supposed to be a beautiful country. I absolutely adore Japan, and the Asaka mansion (Teien Art Museum), one of the best Art Deco houses in the world, has reopened: I’m thinking of spending a few days in Hong Kong on my way back.

      With so many choices, maybe you can narrow things down by checking what the weather is like in these places in November. Or see what’s the most convenient connection to O’Hare.

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