Internationally Renowned Chinese Artist Xu Bing Creates Site-Specific Installation at the British Museum


LONDON.- Internationally renowned Chinese artist Xu Bing is to create a new bespoke art installation specially commissioned for the British Museum. Background Story 7 is part of his ongoing series of museum installations and consists of a dramatic large-scale shadow and light box giving the illusion of a traditional Chinese landscape. The exhibition is on display from May 12th through July 10th, 2011. This new work is made in direct response to a Chinese mountain landscape hanging scroll by Wang Shimin dating to 1654 which is a part of the British Museum’s collection. The contemporary and antique works are exhibited together in Room 3 following the time-honoured Chinese practice of entering into “dialogue” with a past model by creating a new artistic work. Xu Bing has been creating installations for Background Story since 2004 at the invitation of various museums in China and abroad, the last being shown a