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 Angelis Nannos, a native Greek based in NYC, explains in his own words how he can change your perspective on museums like the MET.

 “In Food We Trust” is a Culinary Productions & Food Tours company which initiates or is creatively involved in exciting food projects, such as the “Yum Yum MET” tour.

I have always been fascinated by the multiple, potential approaches to food. For example, there are the practical ones: the plethora of ingredients that need to be gathered for it, the wide range of kitchenware with which to cook, the utensils with (or without) which to eat. That’s only a small part of the food narrative. Then, there is the anthropological approach. Food brings people around a table, cements community bonds, and is the ultimate force in the evolution of mankind. Let’s not forget that certain foods have always been symbols of life, love and religious rituals, and have been associated with a wide spectrum of human emotional and intellectual expressions. The Metropolitan Museum, with its vast collections, is the perfect “library” which hosts all of the above and gives us the essence of life: FOOD!

We are keeping the size of our “Yum Yum MET Culinary Art Tour” groups intimate, mostly under 10 guests. The tour is constantly evolving, following the change of seasons, contemporary political events or the exhibits’ rotation. So far, we have developed many customized tours, either for specific audiences or focusing on a certain historical period or region.

The artist couple He Wei and Hu Naishu forms an experimental art group that uses food as its main medium, combining sculpture, installation, design, media, and performance, in order to create participatory art events. They are members of NEW INC, the first museum-led incubator hosted at the New Museum. We are currently collaborating to develop a version of the “Yum Yum MET” tour, focusing on Chinese audiences with a narration in the Mandarin language.

I’m already examining expansion plans involving other museums of NYC (MoMA, Brooklyn Museum) and we are definitely open to collaborations with big American and international art museums. Our experience at the MET gives us the confidence that culinary art tours can be a new global trend.

* www.infoodwetrust.nyc & www.heandhu.com


photo: Angelis Nannos                                                          photo: Angelis Nannos with He Wei and Hu Naishu


 Photos: Eleanna Kokkini, Wei He





Lucky number

Baroque inspiration and contemporary accents merge in a hotel like no other.

Scheduled to open late in the summer of 2016, “The 13” in Macau could arguably be the most luxurious and expensive hotel ever built – at a reported cost of over US$1.4 billion or over US$7 million per room! “13 is my lucky number,” said Stephen Hung, Co-Chairman of Louis XIII Holdings Limited, a hospitality and management contracting/engineering company (which also intends to change its corporate name to “The 13 Holdings Limited”). “Our brand represents a unique vision of a global luxury lifestyle based on strong bespoke traditions while embracing modern elements that enhance these traditions.” Each of the hotel’s 200 rooms will actually be a palatial villa of 185–2,787 square metres, with opulent decor and amenities fit for royalty, from private elevator lobbies and 24-hour butler service, to complimentary transportation via a fleet of 30 bespoke, red Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase cars, and access to the world’s first private, by-invitation-only shopping area featuring couture, bespoke and limited edition products from selected major luxury brands. “This was a labour of love,” added Hung. “The team and I put every ounce of creativity and passion we had into this project to ensure every detail was perfect. Our guests, I believe, will find the result truly remarkable and beyond anything they have previously experienced.”
* www.the13.com

Stephen Hung in a bespoke Rolls-Royce. The Roman Bath and the Living Room of a Villa in The 13.





AMAN VENICE :A habitable work of art on the Grand Canal


By Tonia Vassilopoulou

Aman Venice is one of the city’s most illustrious residences. Built on water, it is surrounded by vaporetti, gondolas and gracious buildings between 200 and 700 years old. Most of the guests are high society members or Hollywood stars – Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Andrea Bocelli, Lana del Rey, Bono and Cindy Crawford, to name a few.

Aman Venice is housed in Palazzo Papadopoli, which was built in 1550 by the architect Gian Giacomo dé Grigi. Upon their arrival, guests are lead to the palatial Reception Hall, adorned with Gothic-style iron chandeliers hanging from the soaring ceilings, historic frescos, and sculptures that create an ambiance more reflective of a royal residence than a hotel. The astonishing grand staircase, with trompe l’oeil murals, leads to the elegant piano nobile, designed by Michelangelo Guggenheim, a leading exponent of the Neo-Renaissance and Rococo styles in the mid-to-late 1800s. From the main hall there is direct access to the Canal Garden, one of the few private gardens on the canal.

As Arthur Symons has said, “A realist, in Venice, would become a romantic by mere faithfulness to what he saw before him.” Would you miss the chance to be part of this change?

The hotel offers 24 rooms as well as the Palazzo Stanzas and Palazzo Chambers. The staff says enthusiastically that Papadopoli Stanza is the very best. Not only the spectacular view, but also the glided stucco, the crystal radiators and the king-size bed, along with the fireplace and the large tub in the spacious bathroom are inviting guests to an unforgettable experience of luxury and comfort.

If you are ready for a special gastronomic experience, the Red Dining Room and the Yellow Dining Room overlooking the Grand Canal and the garden are the right choices for you. An afternoon tea, coffee or aperitif is available at the Altana, a roof terrace where the view will take your breath away.

Two of the hotel’s hot spots are the great Library and the Salon. The Library is the perfect retreat with historical books, magazines and newspapers. The Salon is a stylish lounge with a huge piano, where you can take a break and enjoy the outstanding view of the Grand Canal. Last but not least, there is also a Spa on the third floor.


Tonia Vassilopoulou is the author of “Suite Home Escape”, out now by Fereniki Publications, www.suitehomesc.com




Shanghai | Los Angeles

 Raining or not

You will enter a room where it’s raining, but don’t be afraid of getting wet. Welcome to the “Rain Room”, a large-scale environment of perpetually falling water that ceases to pour wherever a person walks. The installation has been conceived by the London-based artist collective Random International and is currently on view at both The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Shanghai Yuz Museum, with a forthcoming tour in China and Asia starting from Beijing in spring 2016. Encouraging people to become performers on an unexpected stage, the “Rain Room” creates an intimate atmosphere of contemplation, inviting the audience to explore the roles that art, science, technology, and human ingenuity can play in stabilizing our environment.

* Yuz Museum: Until December 31, www.yuzmshanghai.org | LACMA: Until March 6, www.lacma.org






Washington | Usa tour


Artistic integrity

An obituary in the New York Times hailed Irving Penn as “one of the 20th century’s most prolific and influential photographers of fashion and the famous, whose signature blend of classical elegance and cool minimalism was recognizable to magazine readers and museumgoers worldwide”. Now on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, “Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty” is the first retrospective of his work in nearly 20 years, featuring photographs from all stages of a career that spanned nearly seven decades. Following its presentation in Washington, D.C., the exhibition will tour the U.S. with Dallas, Cambridge, Nashville, and Wichita being among the confirmed venues.

* Smithsonian American Art Museum: Until March 20, americanart.si.edu




Urban solutions

“Re-Living The City” is the central theme of the 2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (2015 UABB), the world’s only biennale dedicated to the themes of urbanism and architecture, based in Shenzhen. The exhibition enables participants to explore the reimagining, repurposing, and remaking of existing urban spaces and architecture, aiming to show ways in which designers can work with people to make a city more useful, just, and sustainable. Over 70 exhibitors from six continents present new and innovative ideas in five primary components: ‘Collage City 3D’, ‘Maker Maker’, ‘Pearl River Delta 2 0’, ‘Radical Urbanism’, and ‘Social City’.

* December 4 – February 28, www.szhkbiennale.org




Global tour


A female perspective

In 1999, world-renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz presented a unique interpretation of womanhood through a series of portraits published in a book titled “Women”. The intellectual Susan Sontag, with whom she had collaborated on the project, had called it “a work in progress” and now the time has come for a new chapter, as global financial services firm UBS has commissioned Leibovitz to expand her exploration of the subject. Along with portraits from the original series as well as other photographs taken since, her new work will be presented in “WOMEN: New Portraits”, an exhibition set to open in London in January 2016, at the Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, and then travel to Tokyo, San Francisco, Singapore, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Istanbul, Frankfurt, New York, and Zurich.

* www.ubs.com/annieleibovitz





Usa tour

Glorious nature

It is anything but easy to assemble a collection of 39 masterpieces spanning five centuries, by artists such as Cezanne, Monet, Klimt, Hockney, O’Keeffe, Richter and Turner. They are all exhibited in “Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection”, now on view in Portland and set for a two-year U.S. museum tour which will bring them to Washington, Minneapolis, New Orleans, and Seattle. “There’s something about landscapes that is universally attractive, which is why I find them so interesting,” says Allen, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist. “By sharing these paintings with the public, it is my hope that people will have the same eye-opening experiences I had when I first saw these pieces.”

* Portland Art Museum: Until January 10, portlandartmuseum.org/seeingnature





Behind the lens

Often dubbed the “Kaiser of fashion”, Karl Lagerfeld – creative director of Chanel, Fendi and his own fashion label – has proven to be an astute photographer as well. The exhibition “Karl Lagerfeld, A Visual Journey”, on view at the Pinacotheque de Paris, explores his intensely personal interpretation of photography, showing a wide range of subjects and media, including daguerreotypes, platinotypes, Polaroid transfers, resinotypes, Fresson prints, screen- prints and digital prints. Just don’t ask him what his photographic style is. “I can’t say,” he explains. “Those who look at my pictures should say. I don’t have any style, but many or none. You must not stand still, not in life, not in fashion and not in photography.”

* Until March 20, www.pinacotheque.com




The styLe bible

In case you ever wondered why Conde Nast authorised a British edition of Vogue magazine in 1916 – despite the fact that the American one was in English and already available in the UK – the answer is rather simple: the First World War had made transatlantic shipments of issues impossible. As part of the British Vogue’s centenary celebrations, the National Portrait Gallery in London will host the exhibition “Vogue 100: A Century of Style”, with over 280 prints from the Conde Nast archive and international collections being shown together for the first time. And it’s not just top-notch fashion that will be on display, but also many of the faces that have shaped the cultural landscape of the twentieth century, from artists and athletes, to actors and royalty.

* February 11 – May 22, www. npg.org.uk/vogue100





New York

In three dimensions

Pablo Picasso was trained as a painter but not as a sculptor. Nevertheless, over the course of six decades he redefined the terms of sculpture again and again, setting himself apart not only from what his colleagues were doing but also from what he had previously done himself. The exhibition “Picasso Sculpture”, on view at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, brings together approximately 140 sculptures from his entire career, spanning the years from 1902 to 1964. If that doesn’t convince you it’s worth visiting, the rave reviews – from “a dumbfounding triumph” to “a once-in-a-lifetime event” - can certainly do.

* September 14 – February 7, www.moma.org






Underwater awe

Shortly before Easter 1900, sponge divers from the Greek Island of Symi discovered a shipwreck at a depth of over 40 metres, off the coast of Antikythera. The large cargo ship had sunk in the 1st century BC on its way from Greece to Italy, carrying magnificent marble and bronze statues, coins, luxurious glass vessels, jewellery, furniture, large amounts of pottery and a mysterious machine with several gears, the so-called Antikythera mechanism. The exhibition “The sunken treasure. The Antikythera shipwreck” – organised in collaboration with the National Archaeological Museum in Athens – has carried those sensational findings beyond Greece for the first time, to the Museum of Ancient Art in Basel. The original mechanism was deemed too fragile to risk the journey to Switzerland, but a replica and several models and videos give a precise idea of it.

* Until March 27, www.antikenmuseumbasel.ch




Los AngeLes | Tokyo

The power of ideas

A building by Frank Gehry has the power to turn an unassuming city into a coveted destination, as was the case with the stunning Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. “Gehry’s buildings are not based on overnight thoughts, cheap ideas, and spurs of the moment,” says Tsuyoshi Tane, director of the exhibition “Frank Gehry: I Have an Idea” at Tokyo’s 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT. “Ideas are tested, built up and broken down, beaten and examined, bullied, and abandoned. Gehry believes in the toughest, most resilient ideas that survive the jealousies, temptations, and meddling of others”. The architect’s ingenuity is also celebrated at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), with a major retrospective examining his prolific body of work.

* 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT: Until February 7, www.2121designsight.jp | LACMA: Until March 20, www.lacma.org