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  • STONE PATH
  • STONE PATH
  • STONE PATH

STONE PATH

BEAUFORT-LOCATION: LEOPOLDPARK, OSTEND

Xu Bing

°1955, China 

As son of a professor and librarian Xu Bing grew up in an art loving environment with respect for the old Chinese tradition and language. His school years however coincided with the Cultural Revolution and the new language of leader Mao. Bing specialised in graphic arts, but his ambiguous relation with language remains a constant in his oeuvre. With Stone Path  Xu Bing falls back on a poem, written by the famous Chinese poet and calligrapher Su Chi, living in the 11th century under the Song-dynasty. 76 stones extend as a narrow walking path. They tell the visitor a story, word by word, stone by stone.