Just a few minutes ago, the Louvre received the most saddening news. The architect behind the pyramid of
Louvre Museum, the Chinese architecture we just mentioned a few days ago, Mr I.M. Pei, one of the greatest architectural mas
ters in the world, died on May 16. He was 102. You may have gone to heaven, but you and your works will be forever rem
embered by the world,” read the Louvre’s official Sina Weibo account this morning.
“Mr Pei’s outstanding architectural designs made greatly important contributions to t
he history of architecture. As a Chinese-American, Mr. Pei was devoted to promote mutual und
erstanding between China and the US, and to further cultural exchange between the East and the West.
“The embassy building of China’s embassy to the US is an exempla
ry work that merges the East and the West and that manifests the long-term friendship and co
mmon future between the two nations. We recall with sentiments the architectural legacy Mr Pei has left us, and
the influence he has had on the world,” read a statement from the embassy of the US to Chin
incomparable contributions to museums and culture worldwide will leave an indelible legacy. In 1983, he accepted the Pritzker Architecture Prize here at The Met, s
aying: ‘Let us all be attentive to new ideas, to advancing means, to dawning needs, to impetuses of change so that we may ac
hieve, beyond architectural originality, a harmony of spirit in the service of man,” read The Met’s official Twitter account.
“For this Chinese-American growing up in the DC area, the East Win
g of the National Gallery of Art was an extraordinarily special place. A mon
ument ot beauty and to the possibilities of being an immigrant. RIP to a legend,” Twitter user Jia Lynn Yang wrote.
“You cannot talk about architecture in the last 60 years without talking seriously about I.M. Pei,” said Ro
bert AM Stern, a former dean of the Yale University school of architecture. “It’s not a single building. It’s h
is work over a generation of time and his logical and relentless pursuit of the highest degree of excellence.”
hard environment in Chinese cities has improved, though space remains for the developm
ent of soft environments. These are key to a city’s business environment, the report said.
Decades ago, university graduates’ artwork was exhibited only for viewing by students and teachers. Today, these exhibi
tions have become a big celebration, not only for denizens of the university, but also the general public.
Tsinghua University’s arts and design academy is currently showing paintings, sculptures, mixed-m
edia works and designs created by postgraduates who will receive their master’s degree in June. The
y are displayed at the academy’s buildings and Tsinghua University Art Museum, through May 30.
The exhibition has not only drawn gallery owners, art dealers, representatives from cultural instit
utions and enterprises who scout for upcoming talent or new additions to their collections; but has allo
wed an audience of the general public to keep up with the evolution of art and broaden their artistic horizons.
Beethoven’s first piano concerto, Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15, was written in 1795 and hi
s last piano concerto, Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73 was written between 1809 and 1811.
The last piano concerto is also known as the Emperor Concerto
and the composition exudes a powerful, grand and heroic mood.
The five completed piano concertos cover the entire music career of the composer.
Buchbinder, 74, who was the youngest student ever to have enrolled to study at the Vie
nna Academy of Music at the age of 5, twice recorded the full cycle of Beethoven piano concertos in 2007 and 2011.
In 1986, Buchbinder performed all of Beethoven’s 32 sonatas for the first time at the Wiener Musikverein.