Curatorial Practice: coordinater

Panda Zoo: Xu Bing

Solo Exhibition
Jack Tilton Gallery

New York, NY
September - October 2013

Panda Zoo (1998)  Mixed medIa installation Live pigs, bamboo, classical paintings

Panda Zoo (1998)
Mixed medIa installation
Live pigs, bamboo, classical paintings


Description:

In this work, Xu Bing created an ersatz "authentic" space for gallery visitors to view a well-known symbol of Chinese culture -- the panda bear. Xu Bing's pandas, however, were actually New Hampshire pigs, a breed with natural black-and-white markings similar to those of the panda bear. The artist doctored their appearance with panda masks and let them wander freely inside an elegant "Chinese" enclosure consisting of a bamboo grove against the backdrop of a traditional landscape painting. 

Like a significant number of Xu's works, Panda Zoo explores the implications of the mask, an exploration that extends to his works of invented calligraphy, which the artist describes as ''masked characters.''

Xu Bing