Xu Bing Studio Blog

Xu Bing in Heidelberg: Upcoming Lecture

Posted in Current Exhibitions by xubing on June 24, 2015

July 10-16, Heidelberg, Germany


In July, Xu Bing will pull on three deep and thorough discussions about his artworks and the Contemporary Chinese Art with the students, professor and the public in Heidelberg, Germany.

Starting from July 10th 2015, we invite you to an exciting series of events at the University of Heidelberg, dedicating to a new interpretation of contemporary Chinese art with a focus on the artworks of Xu Bing. The artist will pull on dialogues with the students and scientists throughout three consecutive meetings. This series of events are designed and conducted by Prof. Sarah E. Fraser, Department of East Asian Art History (IKO) and Li Yu-Chieh, a PhD student at IKO, in cooperation with the NET1 Research Group, the Heidelberg Centre of Transcultural Studies (HCTS), the Institute of European art history and the Heidelberger Kunstverein.

Here is the Schedule:
Innovation from Tradition—Public Lecture, Friday July 10th, 2015 Alte Universtät, Aula/ Grabengasse 1

In Dialogue with Xu Bing, Saturday July 11th, 2015 Neue Universtät, Hörsaal 13/ Universtätsplaz

Audience Participation in Xu Bing’s works, Thursday July 16th, 2015 Karl Jaspers Center/ Voßstrasse 2, Building 4400

*Free entrance to events, but registration is required due to limited space.*


Texts and Image Reposted from the University of Heidelberg, Institute of East Asian Art History
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Xu Bing’s thoughts on Jean-François Millet’s Haystacks: Autumn (ca. 1874)

Posted in Current Exhibitions by xubing on March 25, 2015

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Xu Bing is featured in the first season of the “The Artist Project” by The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In this episode Xu Bing voices his thoughts on one of his favourite artist’s works, Jean-François Millet’s Haystacks: Autumn (ca. 1874)

The Artist Project is an online web series in which artists are given an opportunity to respond to one of the many art pieces housed in the Metropolitan Museum.

The webpage states:

“In this online series, artists reflect on what art is, what inspires them from across 5,000 years of art, and in so doing, they reveal the power of a museum and The Met. Their unique and passionate ways of seeing and experiencing art encourage all museum visitors to look in a personal way.

Over the course of five seasons, The Artist Project  will share the perspectives of one hundred artists with the public, telling us what they see when they look at The Met.”

To watch the full video please click on the image above, or click here.

To learn more about The Artist Project, and the list of artists featured in Season 1, visit their webpage here. 

The unveiling of Xu Bing’s Phoenix 2015 at the 2015 Venice Biennale.

Posted in Current Exhibitions by xubing on March 25, 2015


Xu Bing will be unveiling his new Phoenix-2015 at the 2015 Venice Biennale this upcoming May. His piece will be located over the water between two boathouses at the Pavilion at Arsenale – Giardino delle Vergini.

Xu Bing is one of the 136 artists from 53 countries that will be exhibiting at the Biennale.

The 56th International Art Exhibition, titled All the World’s Futures and curated by Okwui Enwezor, will be open to the public from 9 May to 22 November 2015 at the Giardini and Arsenale venues.

Please visit the Biennale’s official website for more information regarding the exhibition and the complete list of artists. We hope you’ll look forward to this new piece!

“The word is just an image” Xu Bing featured in CCTV America

Posted in Book from the Sky, Current Exhibitions by xubing on March 2, 2015
Xu Bing's Book of the Sky in  FIU's Frost Art Museum

Xu Bing’s Book of the Sky in FIU’s Frost Art Museum

CCTV America interviewed Xu Bing during the opening of his exhibition at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University.

His solo exhibition Xu Bing: Writing Between Heaven and Earth is currently on display at the Frost Art Museum till the 24th of May, 2015

Visit the CCTV America webpage to watch the interview!

Xu Bing in New York with Columbia University Weatherhead East Asian institute

Posted in Current Exhibitions, Phoenix Project by xubing on February 17, 2015

Xu Bing has been invited the the Weatherhead East Asian Institute of Art to participate in two events on the 24th and 25th of February respectively.

On the 24th of February, five preeminent Chinese poets will the join the artist to discuss the role of poetry and art in contemporary Chinese society. The speakers will also reflect on Xu Bing’s current New York exhibition “Phoenix”.

On the 25th of February, Xu Bing and the five Chinese poets will be joined by five prominent American poets for a reading of poetry. This event will take place at the Cathedral Church of St John the Divine, where the “Phoenix” installation is currently displayed.

For more information, and to register for the events, please refer to the flyers below. 
Sound and Image: Chinese Poets in conversation with Artist Xu bing