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The Mustard Seed Garden Landscape Scroll

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  • Description

    Xu Bing has compiled this landscape using images from the The Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting, a famous painting instruction manual published in 1679. The scroll’s opening title is written by Zhu Naizheng (born 1935), a famous painter and calligrapher and former vice president of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. The title at the righthand end is written by Xu Bing in 'square word calligraphy'. This is a script he invented in the 1990s that reconfigures English words so that the letters form the shape of a Chinese character. He uses it for his signature. The colophon at the far right is written by Xu Bing’s contemporary Qianshen Bai, a well-known calligrapher and academic.

  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia China (possible place of creation)
    North Americanorth America United States of America (possible place of creation)
    Xu Bing (born 1955) (designer)
    Lu Baogui (active c. 2010) (block cutter)
    Wang Wenda (active c. 2010) (block cutter)
    Qianshen Bai (born 1955) (calligrapher)
    Zhu Naizheng (born 1935) (calligrapher)
    Material and technique
    34.3 x 847 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. 78 on pp. 158-159, pp. 8, 77, 117, 125, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 165, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 174, illus. pp. 158-161 fig. 78

    Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 20 November 2010-13 Feburary 2011, Fresh Ink: Ten Takes on Chinese Tradition, Hao Sheng, ed. (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 2010), pp. 24, 187, & 191, illus. pp. 19, 188, 189, & 192-199

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