Selected for his reforestation efforts in the Mt. Kenya region and Inner Mongolia through his Forest Project, Xu Bing received the award in Shanghai on March 12.
Other honorees include Li Bing Bing, Cai Hong, Yu Xiaogang, Fang Minghe, Liu Jiakun, Ren Yu, Yang Mingde, Zhao Zhong. Click HERE for an English summary.
As part of the Hong Kong leg of the 2009 Hong Kong & Shenzen Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, Xu Bing will offer a series of Forest Project workshops at the West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade.
The Forest Project seeks to establish a self-sustaining system that links art lovers in developed countries with local communities in developing countries, with proceeds from the sale of student artwork directed to greenbelt reforestation in developing countries.
Each workshop will accommodate 40 students and will be held from 11.30am-1.00pm. Slots are still available for the following dates: Dec. 13, 19, 20. Jan. 2,9,16,17,23. Feb. 6, 7, 20, 21.
To register, contact email@example.com or visit the project website.
Xu Bing: Primer for 木、林、森（Mu、Lin、Sen) Project, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen (Nov. 1-Dec. 6, 2009)
Xu Bing: Primer for 木、林、森 Project will be on view at the He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China from Nov. 1-Dec. 6, 2009. The exhibition will include educational materials, student drawings and large scale landscape paintings from Xu Bing’s Forest Project (2005-ongoing).
Through art, culture, education, the involvement of local folks, and the internet, Forest Project creates a system to facilitate the flow of funds from developed countries to Kenya, for the planting of new trees. Students from local primary schools create drawings of trees using forms of writing from a variety of cultures and historical periods (such as Cuneiform, Arabic, and English), which are then sold on the project website. The educational component—embodied in the primer, as well as workshops led by Xu Bing—connects the written word, calligraphy and art into one process.
The exhibition is directed by Le Zhengwei and curated by Feng Boyi and Wang Xiaosong. Exhibition events will include a lecture by Xu Bing on Nov. 1, 2009, 2-4pm at the museum, followed by an opening reception from 4-6pm.
Human/Nature: Artists Respond to a Changing Planet, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (April 1-Sept. 27, 2009)
In 2004, Xu Bing (along with 7 other artists) was invited by the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA), the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) and the international conservation organization Rare to visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site and develop a project responding to local environmental concerns. Xu Bing chose the Mt. Keny region.
Between his first site visit in 2005 and his second site visit in the summer of 2008, Xu Bing developed an instructional booklet, the dedicated website forestproject.net and an auction system so that he could teach local school children to draw trees, auction their work to collectors worldwide and then direct those funds to restoring Mt. Kenya’s forest greenbelts. During his trip in 2008, Xu Bing taught drawing technique to over 150 students at 4 schools around Mt. Kenya.
Selected student works and large-scale landscape by Xu Bing are on display at BAM/PFA as part of the exhibition “Human/Nature: Artists Respond to a Changing Planet” through September 27.