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How to imitate the “Four Wangs”

I just went to see Xu Bing‘s (徐冰) excellent installation at the British Museum.

Xu Bing is a contemporary Chinese artist and has been described as a member of the Chinese avant garde movement. The installation in the British Museum is an innovative “shadow painting” copy of a Wang Shimin 王時敏 piece from 1641.


Wang was one of the “four Wangs”, who make up four of the Six Masters of the early Qing period (清六家) : Yun Shouping, Wu Li and the Four Wangs: Wang Shimin, Wang Jian, Wang Yuanqi and Wang Hui.

In the installation Xu Bing uses discarded leaves (from Kew Gardens), old newspapers and twigs to create a shadow image of a classic Chinese landscape (山水).

Xu Bing is famous for much of his work playing with language, including a book with over 4000 different characters which are entirely original and of his own making.

He has also invented ‘New English Calligraphy’ in which he makes English look like Chinese:

Here he has written the nursery rhyme Jack and Jill: look carefully and you can read it!

Jack and Jill
Went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water
Jack fell down
And broke his crown
And Jill came tumbling after


The installation is on at the British Museum until July 10th

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Now your dancing child with his Chineeese suuuuit

Latest reports suggest Beijing and Shanghai will be confused by Bob Dylan in April 2011.

"Didn't Bob Dylan die?" - no

The ministry said in a brief statement that Dylan – the writer of some of rock’s most iconic and politically charged songs – must perform “strictly according to an approved program”.

I assume this means no 80s  material etc etc.

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Plastered – Beijing’s original T-shirt brand

Just stumbled across this website which I think is awesome. They have some great desgins for T shirts and also some handy computer wallpapers if you want to spruce up your desktop Beijing style! I am their new fan!


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