Foreword

UCCA: Welcome to “Xu Bing: Thought and Method,” presented by UCCA. As one of the most influential artists in the world, Xu Bing explores moments of transference between Eastern and Western cultures. His work attempts to transcend cultural borders. His visual rhetoric expresses his unique ways of thinking as well as the social realities that surround him.

This retrospective marks the artist’s most comprehensive exhibition ever held in Beijing. As you purchased your tickets, you may have noticed the large red banner hanging in the lobby, though the text can be difficult to read. These characters are Xu Bing’s Square Word Calligraphy, which he created in the 1990s after moving to America. Though they resemble Chinese characters, they are English words. Look closer, and you can see that they spell out “Art for the People,” a quote that is also an artistic ideal of sorts for Xu Bing.