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Meet Xu Bing

Mustard Seed Manual

"Landscape/Landscript (2013) is a cerebral submersion in nature, as well as a vivid set of reflections on the power and treachery of words." (Financial Times)

We developed a set of digital interpretation and in-gallery interactions, for adults and children, that revealed the 'hidden' aspects of Xu's artwork and gave visitors the tools to explore with confidence.

The exhibition traces Xu’s visual-linguistic imagination, as it flowed from the pages of his Himalayan sketchbooks into his series of Landscripts, vast natural worlds populated with Chinese characters.

The closing act of Xu’s Ashmolean collection, the “Mustard Seed Garden Scroll”, picks away at the illusory effects of the artistic landscape tradition. 

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