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This photograph is taken inside the Forest of Steles Museum in Xi’an, China. The history of the collection begins in the Tang dynasty when various emperors began to order copies of famous works of literature to be engraved on stone, partly for preservation and security, because works on paper could easily be lost or destroyed.
How does language define culture? What does it mean to strip meaning from language? The art of Xu Bing raises these stirring questions. Globally known for his contemporary and dynamic style, the renowned Chinese artist made a special appearance at the Asian Art Museum to talk about influences on his art, specifically his works since 2008.
Zhang Jianjun's work, Vestiges of a Process: Shanghai Garden, is on view at the Asian Art Museum from February 5 - September 12, 2010. Vestiges of a Process: Shanghai Garden is situated closest to Lee Gallery the east side of North Court. It is an installation composed of two silicone rubber Taihu rocks, manufactured from molds of real Taihu rocks which in traditional garden culture are prized for providing city dwellers with a kind of symbolic access to nature. The rocks are accompanied by a silicone rubber vase. Together they are arrayed atop a pavement of gray antique bricks, acquired from the demolition of Shanghai houses constructed between 1923 and 1926. Visitors can walk between the rocks, reflecting on time and process.