Art for the People for The Met


Medium: Limited Edition Print

Dimension: 15” X 15”

Date: 2020

Commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Xu Bing creates this original artwork to celebrate The Met’s 150th Anniversary. Art for the People for The Met is a six-color lithograph and relief print, which includes two components: Square Word Calligraphy and multiple red “seals” based on ancient Chinese literati tradition. With a closer look, the seals actually turn out to be QR codes that the audience can scan and read further on The Met’s website. The Met has acquired the first edition of the print portfolio. It will be on view beginning September 16, 2021 on the second floor of the Museum in the passageway opposite Galleries 691–693.