Xu Bing Studio Blog

Selection from the Archive – “Six Routes to the Himalayas” (Kiasma: Jul, 2000)

Posted in Archive, Publication, Solo Exhibition by xubing on July 11, 2014

“Six Routes to the Himalayas,” Kiasma, vol.3

Six Routes to the Himalayas “Kiasma,” a periodical published by the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

The article features Xu Bing’s trip to the Himalayas in 1999 with artists: Honoré δ’O from Belgium, Simryn Gill from Australia, Hans Hamid Rasmussen from Norway, Liisa Roberts from Italy, Jussi Heikkila and Hannu Jannes from Finland.

Xu Bing’s immersion in the Nepalese landscape led him to create his now well-known Landscript series, a style of landscape painting that uses ancient Chinese pictorgrams to depict the objects which they represent. This series was recently the subject of Landscape/Landscript, an in-depth solo exhibition at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology.


Huffington Post features “Phoenix: Xu Bing at the Cathedral”


Xu Bing’s “Phoenix” installation view at the Cathedral Church of Saint John Divine, New York (Photo: Joe Griffin)

Huffington Post  features Phoenix: Xu Bing at the Cathedral in the recent article  “You Had No Idea These Amazing Works Of Art Were Hidden In Plain Sight” .

A brief interview with the artist is highlighted alongside works by Nathan Sawaya, Jason KimesJohn Ahearn, Rigoberto Torres, Sally HellerOrly Genger, James Surls and Alice Aycock. 

Click here to view more informations about Xu Bing’s Phoenix at The Cathedral Church of Saint John Divine.

Xu Bing: A Retrospective, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei (Jan. 25–Apr. 20, 2014)

Xu Bing at TFAM preparing the chalkboard for his "Square Word Calligraphy Classroom"

Xu Bing at TFAM preparing the chalkboard for his “Square Word Calligraphy Classroom”


This spring, Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM) presented Xu Bing: A Retrospective, Asia’s first large-scale solo exhibition of Xu Bing’s work. The exhibition was curated by the Museum’s senior curator and art critic Chia Chi Jason Wang. The exhibition included such major works as Xu Bing’s Book from the Sky, Ghosts Pounding the Wall, 1st Class and massive new installation of Background Story series. Xu Bing: Art As a Form of Thinking, a lecture by noted scholar John Rajchman, Columbia University, investigated the way various modes of thinking are given play in Xu Bing’s creative practice.

A small booklet and checklist produced by TFAM in English and Traditional Chinese is available for download here.

Xu Bing: Primer for 木、林、森(Mu、Lin、Sen) Project, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen (Nov. 1-Dec. 6, 2009)

Posted in Forest Project, Past Exhibitions, Past Lectures, Publication by xubing on October 14, 2009

mlsXu 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.

“100 Postcards” Features “Book from the Sky”

Posted in Book from the Sky, Publication by xubing on August 28, 2009
A scroll from Xu Bing's "Book from the Sky" and a letter to Naim June Paik.

A scroll from Xu Bing's "Book from the Sky" and a letter to Nam June Paik.

A scroll from Xu Bing’s Book from the Sky (1987-1991) is featured in the new book 100 Postcards by Yomota Inuhiko, a Japanese author, cultural essayist, translator, film historian and member of the Faculty of Literature at Meiji Gakuin University.

In 100 Postcards, Inuhiko sends one hundred images to one hundred people, along with his words, in the style of the picture postcard. The recipients include cultural luminaries such as Jean-Luc Godard, John Cage, and Chen Kaige.  The image of Xu Bing’s scroll accompanies a note addressed to the Korean-born video artist Nam June Paik:

“These hectic days when you would be in NY only for the O-bon Festival and New Years are now in the past. What I recall is Miki Kiyoshi’s words written in Korean on the bathroom wall (I used to think about writing a play, some time ago, about his wretched final days). You told me that the person you thought was truly a genius was Noh Chun-Myung, a Korean poet from some years back.

The day we met was December 30 and a Korean TV network was scheduled to do a story about you. You left an impression on me by saying that, if asked to say a word to people back in your homeland, you’d call for the immediate restoration of the use of Chinese characters in writing.

Good bye.”

100 Postcards is published under ISBN: 978-4-903655-05-5. English translations of all of the postcards are included as an appendix in the book. It can be purchased here.