Curated by Yeewan Koon, It Begins with Metamorphosis: Xu Bing is the first major solo exhibition in Hong Kong featuring some of the latest works by this renowned artist. It highlights how metamorphosis marks the beginnings of the process of ideas and methods, and provides a focused look at Xu Bing’s art. Often using unexpected materials including tobacco leaves, debris, and silkworms, Xu Bing mediates on the transformative power of materiality as he challenges societal values, and explores the shape of memories, histories, and destinies.
Recognized for his originality, creativity, self-direction and contribution to the community, Xu Bing is known for his extraordinary print making, calligraphy and installations, as well as his works using unexpected materials such as tobacco leaves, debris and silkworms.
Notable works in the exhibition include newly commissioned exhibits Background Story (2014) which looks like a traditional Chinese landscape painting but is in fact, a composition made of leaves and debris; and Square Word Calligraphy (2014), an excerpt from Zhuangzi, a famous Taoist classic, written in what appears to be authentic Chinese characters but on closer examination we see they are invented characters formed by alphabet letters, a product of the artist’s imagination.
The exhibition also features artworks that provide a glimpse into Xu Bing’s life – who he is, how he started as an artist, his family relationships and where he is going today.
About the exhibition
Dates: 8 May – 31 Aug 2014
Venue: Asia Society Hong Kong Center
Address: The Hong Kong Jockey Club Former Explosives Magazine
9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2103 9511
Fax: +852 2877 5343
Courtesy of the artist and Asia Society Hong Kong Center, for further information please visit http://asiasociety.org.