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After that harrowing morning, I awoke at 9:30am ready to start Day 1 of Fall Break!

I decided to hit up the newly-opened YUZ Museum in Xuhui District. I was inspired to visit when I saw an Instagram photo of the exhibit Untitled from Shanghai-based photographer Dennis (@dennis0906). As a photographer (hobby, not professional) myself, I thought the museum would present many interesting exhibits (a.k.a. photo ops).

Stella, a local Chinese student at NYU Shanghai and a fellow intern at Redscale Studios, accompanied me since she was one of the few who chose to stay in the city.

After about 40 minutes, Stella and I got off the subway at Yunjin Road (云锦路) and walked approximately 15 minutes. I thought the museum wasn't open because it was so empty inside. Mini-heart attack. Thankfully it didn't turn out that way; the ticket office and gallery were hidden beneath some stairs.

After paying, we entered the gallery. There weren't a lot of people. It was expected because all the tourists headed towards the more popular spots such as The Bund and East Nanjing Road. No one would put a newly-opened contemporary art museum on the top of their to-do list. Would you?

Indeed, the museum was impressive and contained a lot of cool exhibits that Dennis did not upload. The first exhibit to greet us was Buddha's hand made out of bronze. Tobacco Project by Xu Bing was really cool; the exhibit looked like a random rug at first, but upon closer inspection... Wait, the name gives it away... But you can still see for yourself down below.

My favorites were definitely Untitled and Mona Hatoum's Impenetrable. It's simplicity rendered many fun photo ops for me, and the white background provided a simple yet surreal feeling of symmetry. I don't think that made sense, but hopefully my pictures can express the inexpressible.

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