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Stone enclosure

  • loan
  • Description

    This sketch was drawn in 1999 when Xu Bing went to the Himalayas, on a visit organised by the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki. It depicts a stone enclosure around various plants, with a river beyond trees and a lavatory, and more trees in the foreground. This is one of the first landscripts he drew and shows how the method developed, for example, the character 水 (water) for river water, 木 (tree) to depict trees.

  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia Himalayas (place of creation)
    Asia Himalayas (subject)
    Xu Bing (born 1955) (artist)
    Material and technique
    ink on Nepalese paper
    11.5 x 15 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. 73b on p. 130, pp. 86, 124, 134, 155, 156, 191, 192, 193, illus. p. 131 fig. 73b

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