Xu Bing Studio Blog

The Past in the Present: Script and Archaism in Modern Chinese Art, The Ashmolean Museum of Art, Oxford University (Through Nov. 28, 2010)

Posted in Current Exhibitions, Square Word Calligraphy by xubing on November 1, 2010

The Past in the Present explores the evolution of Chinese calligraphy and text from earliest appearance more than two thousand years ago as inscriptions on Shang dynasty oracle bones (c.1600-1050 BC) to it’s modern forms. In addition to works of traditional Chinese calligraphy, the exhibition also includes Xu Bing’s Introduction to Square Word Calligraphy (1994-1996), a recent acquisition by the Ashmolean.

Reopened less than a year ago after a major renovation, the Ashmolean is England’s oldest museum and the world’s first university museum.

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