Old is new again at Beijing art museum

Updated: Oct 29, 2020 By Yang Xiaoyu Print
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Trace, a porcelain installation by Liu Jianhua, on show at the Song Art Museum in Beijing on Sept 26, 2020. [Photo by Yang Xiaoyu/]

Next to Liu's Trace is a piece from Xu Bing's New English Calligraphy series the artist began creating in the early 199os. Xu's calligraphy is familiar yet nonsensical to Chinese readers. But English readers can demystify the work, where the artist turns the letters of each English word into structures that resemble Chinese characters.

For this invention, Xu was awarded the MacArthur Foundation "genius" prize in 1999.

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