The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) will be presenting a major exhibition of modern and contemporary masterworks from New York’s iconic Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). The international exclusive exhibition is slated to open in June 2018 at NGV International in Melbourne.
The exhibition will feature 150 works including never-before-seen masterpieces in Australia and is the largest instalment of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series. It will explore the development of major art movements and represent more than 130 years of radical artistic innovation. Masterworks from MoMA will be on display from June 8, 2018 to October 7, 2018.
The language of luxury, none as powerful as the Rolls-Royce, is well-spoken in Melbourne, Victoria, since the unveiling of their lifestyle-themed showroom along Swan Street, Richmond. Specially flown in for the launch is global client sales manager Ian Grant, who cuts a dashing figure amongst the Ghost, Phantom and Wraith.
“The chic Bespoke Lounge in the showroom features a full bar and café, to match the sophistication of the city.”
Grant made his foray into the automotive industry in 2001 in the UK, as a force to be reckoned with, in the financial services and leasing sector. Family ties brought this dapper individual to Singapore in 2014 where he joined Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, taking on the challenge of corporate fleet sales on a global scale.
Perhaps he is better known for securing the famous deal with luxury hotel entrepreneur Stephen Hung who ordered 30 highly bespoke Rolls-Royce Phantoms for The 13 Hotel in Macau. Exclusively handcrafted, the stunning motor cars were conceived and designed in close collaboration with Hung. It was the largest single commission in Rolls-Royce history.
Making his own history in Melbourne, Grant is extremely happy to work with Zagame Automotive Group PL, the sole dealership for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in Victoria, Australia. “Zagame is an established automotive company which strives for perfection and that is a natural fit for Rolls-Royce. There is an impressive migration of high net worth individuals to Melbourne, the style icon of Victoria.”
Explaining the Rolls-Royce modus operandi, Grant says, “We don’t chase volume and numbers but we are enjoying a steady growth.”
This corporate business man who deals with hugely wealthy clients from highly diverse backgrounds has a simple philosophy.
“Treat others the way you want to be treated. Stay true to yourself. Be who you are.”
Father of two children, Grant spends most of his leisure time with his lovely Singaporean Swedish wife, five-year-old daughter and three-year-old son. With a passion for Formula One, rugby and car restoration, his hobbies also include long-distance running, rock music and motorsport.
His preferred car?
“It’s going to sound rather cliché but I’m absolutely a Ghost fan through and through, from the heritage of the Silver Ghost all the way to the Alpine Trials, to the current Black Badge models. The Ghost is in my heart.”
在劳斯莱斯位于墨尔本维多利亚州 Richmond 区 Swan Street 的品质生活主题展厅揭幕后，令人赞叹再没有比这品牌更强大的奢华代名词。而全球客户销售经理 Ian Grant，这名穿梭在古斯特(Ghost)、幻影(Phantom)和魅影(Wraith)之间潇洒自如的风头人物也在推介活动引起瞩目。
Ian Grant 在 2001 年于英国踏足汽车行业，作为一股不可忽视的力量，投入金融服务和租赁领域。直至2014年，因为家庭原因将这位绅士带到新加坡，当时他加入了劳斯莱斯汽车公司，并且承担了企业团队在全球范围内的销售挑战。
The Tulou in Fujian and Diaolou in Guangzhou provinces were self-built structures by the locals who were mainly living outside the fort located deep inside the hilly or mountain areas. Both of these amazing architectural wonders were inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2007 and 2008. Today, these heritage sites are becoming more of a tourist attraction than a residential area as they have attracted visitors from different parts of the world.
In the past, the commoners were given protection by the emperors in forts but constant wars among the different quarters battling to eliminate one another had led to the shift of commoners to the southern regions such as Fujian and Guangdong provinces. There, the people began to build their new homes but unfortunately they were met with robbers and bandits. As such, the people themselves decided to build a ‘big house’ so that they could stay together. It was a show of strength and a great example of how everyone could be protected by sheer unity. Besides, the most interesting elements about these structures were the escape routes and embrasures.
It was a show of strength and a great example of how everyone could be protected
by sheer unity.
The Fujian Tulou or simply known as ‘earth buildings’ were built during the Sung dynasty and its building materials relied heavily on available raw materials such as stones, wood, bamboos and most important, the sand, soil and clay. These buildings come in all shapes and sizes depending on the earth structure and the weather in that area. The main purpose is to create a strong structure with sufficient ventilation and light. In short, these Tulou were well-structured and safe for residents while able to house between 200 to 800 people.
The Hakka and Minan villagers in Fujian were those responsible for constructing these buildings. The buildings could be distinguished in two categories, one being the standalone unit and the other being the cluster type. Although there were many Tulou in the province, only 46 were regarded as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Eryilou, also known as ‘The King of Tulou’, was the largest single unit built in 1770 consisting of four floors from the outside layer and another floor inside. It possesses an impressive outer ring diameter of 71 metres with 48 rooms on each level. Tourists are allowed to visit this building where the residents offer a wide range of local handmade products and souvenirs. Not to mention one would be amazed when walking up and looking into the rooms that were once living quarters. Situated not far from Eryilou were the Nanyanglou and the Dongyanglou. The former is now a museum and the latter was converted to a performing area to entertain and educate visitors on its unique culture.
On the other hand, the Diaolou entered the Chinese architectural scene during the Ming dynasty until right before the end of the Chinese Republic era. Similar to the Tulou, these high towers most combines of Western and Chinese style were built as protection in response to local banditry. There were more than 3,000 of such towers in the past but today, only around 1,800 remain of standing, most of which are unoccupied if not abandoned. The construction of these buildings were mainly funded by overseas Chinese with the hope that their immediate and extended family members could have a safe place to protect themselves when necessary.
Built with stones, bricks or concrete, these tower-like buildings were very well-equipped with solid prison-like bars and thick metal windows to shelter against any shooting or force entry. Furthermore, there were special embrasures created to take aim at intruders. The Zilicun village was among the best preserved architecture site and it contributed to the largest number of Diaolou recognised by UNESCO. Walking up these old buildings allow visitors to experience how people lived in these tall buildings that were designed not only with relatively small rooms but also narrow staircases with plenty of steps. Nonetheless, the view from the building was breathtaking. Another not-to-be-missed attraction was the luxurious Li Garden with private canal, beautiful gardens and six villas built by a wealthy Chinese emigrant businessman living in the USA. Not forgetting a Diaolou for emergency protection purposes.
The Tulou and Diaolou were once built for protection but today these fine heritage buildings open their doors to the world showcasing what residents in the past would have done to protect their families and belongings. Perhaps the attitude and the unique architecture will be good research and study materials for generations to come.