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Xu Bing: Putting spotlight on social issues through art

Josa Lukman

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Wed, October 16, 2019  /  11:57 am
Xu Bing: Putting spotlight on social issues through art

Signature piece: Xu Bing’s 'Book from the Sky' mixed media installation is displayed at his solo exhibition “Xu Bing: Thought and Method” at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (Museum MACAN) in Jakarta, his first solo exhibition in Southeast Asia. (Courtesy of UCCA/Museum MACAN)

For Chinese artist Xu Bing, art is not merely seen through an aesthetic lens, but also what it means for a society: a reflection of social ills. “The inspiration does not come from the local problems in China, but more from global issues. Even though I come from China and I have a very strong background in Chinese culture, I have lived in and visited many countries so I think my view is more global,” he told The Jakarta Post through an interpreter. “So where you live, there will be problems. Where there are problems, there’s art.” The artist: Xu Bing’s Jakarta exhibition marks his first solo exhibition in Southeast Asia, featuring 60 artworks created over a span of 40 years. (Courtesy of Museum MACAN/-) Xu was in town as part of his solo exhibition “Xu Bing: Thought and Method” at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nu...