Book From the Sky
Ghost Pounding the Wall
Navigation icons designed for the exhibition
Honor and Splendor
Traveling Down the River (Wuhan version)
Square Word Calligraphy: Preface to the Orchid Pavilion Poems
Where Does the Dust Itself Collect?
Phoenix — 3D printed models
Background Story：Qiu Shan Xian Yi Tu
Background Story interactive installation
Square Word Calligraphy Classroom
Exhibition Date: 12/01/2017- 05/08/2018
Exhibition Location: The United Art Museum, Wuhan, China
Exhibited Works: Dragonfly Eyes, Book from the Sky, Book from the Ground, Square Word Calligraphy, Where Does the Dust Itself Collect?, Tobacco Project, Background Story, Landscript, Ghost Pounding the Wall, Phoenix, A Case Study of Transference, The Character of Characters, Mustard Seed Garden Landscape Scroll, Forest Project, Touching without Touchinng, early woodcuts and sketches, and more
The end of this year marks a decade since I returned back to China. Although I have done countless exhibitions abroad, this is the first solo exhibition of such large scale in China. Looking at my past works gathered here, which acting like mirrors of various dimensions, allowing me to see myself, to see who I am, how I think, how I work and my inadequateness. Then I realise art is honest, and it is destined, not planned.
–– Xu Bing
Over the past three decades, Xu Bing has followed multiple threads of thinking and created a variety of artworks, impressive in quantity and style. Clear in expression and sharp when tackling issues, Xu Bing's work is sui generis among contemporary art and he keeps influencing the landscape of Chinese contemporary art at different levels. This exhibition, for the first time in mainland China, presents a comprehensive and concentrated survey of Xu Bing’s art, featuring Xu Bing’s masterpieces and relevant archives from each stage of his career, including some experimental work that few know about.
Yet it is not a simple retrospective nor summary. Instead, through artworks, the exhibition reveals Xu Bing’s artistic method and the core motivation of his constant thinking. We hope that the exhibition itself, like Xu Bing’s art, is able to reward something beyond expectation in an approachable way, and able to invite the audience to understand the artist’s thinking from various perspectives. Every piece of work, regardless of its type and previous popularity, has its own reason and ways of being included and having impacts in the exhibition. We hope that the exhibition could give the audience some enlightenment from the connection between Xu Bing’s approach of art and his intellectual contribution to today’s world.
Language & the Art of Xu Bing
Front: Book from the Sky ; Back: Lost Letters
Book from the Ground
Art For the People
Exhibition Date: 11/18/2017- 03/04/2018
Exhibition Location: Museu de Arte de Macau, Macau, China
Exhibited Works: Book from the Sky, Book from the Ground, The Character of Characters, A Case Study of Transference