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Series of Repetitions: Ziliudi

  • loan
  • Description

    Xu Bing’s Repetitions series explores and exposes the processes of woodblock printing. The scroll has been printed eleven times in sequence from a single block at different stages in its carving. It is part of a series of works that represent Xu Bing’s first contemporary pieces in that they engage with modern art beyond his own local sphere, both technically and conceptually. The title Ziliudi, ‘family plots’, refers to a landownership arrangement instituted in the 1950s whereby families who worked on state-owned communes were allowed an individual plot whose produce they could retain for private consumption or sale. The plants depicted in the central sections are standardised and arranged as blocks of text, connecting the work to both nature and language.

  • Details

    Five Series of Repetitions
    Associated place
    AsiaChinaHebei province Beijing (place of creation)
    Xu Bing (born 1955) (printmaker)
    Material and technique
    waste-block woodcut; pencil inscription
    54.5 x 864 cm (height x width)
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    Credit line
    Lent by Xu Bing's Studio.
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  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 28 February-19 May 2013, Xu Bing Landscape/Landscript: Nature as Language in the Art of Xu Bing, Shelagh Vainker, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2013), no. 71 on pp. 110-111, pp. 22, 24, 25, 36, 77, 86, 100, illus. pp. 110-113 fig. 71



  • waste-block

    Waste-block, or lost-block printing, requires one block, which is gradually cut between prints to build up the layers of the image. When the image is complete, the block has little printing surface remaining.

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