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Trash Transformed – Xu Bing at Mass MoCA


Xu Bing’s Tiger Rug

Xu Bing, a noted Chinese artist, has transformed trash in the most stunning and delightful ways at Mass MoCA. We go to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams at least once a year, often bringing grandsons with us because there is always something weird and wonderful to see.

Cigarettes into Tiger Rug

I consider cigarettes, even unsmoked, as trash. For Xu Bing they are the raw materials of art.

Classical Chinese Scroll

Xu Bing took this scroll as his inspiration, and then recreated it. How?

Back of Xu Bing’s ‘scroll’

He attached trash to a lit panel.

Xu Bing’s illuminated ‘scroll’

Artist’s description

The artist’s description does not really explain the mystery.

Xu Bing’s Phoenix

Mass MoCA has an enormous gallery – and even here it was almost too small for the magnificent Phoenixes, made from trash on a construction site in Beijing.

Detail from under the Phoenix’s tail.

Of course, there is even more to see at Mass MoCA this summer: ne minute videos, Marko Remec’s Totally Totem, the amazing Life’s Work by Tom Phillips and Johnny Carrera and MORE! Even music. Bang on a Can.

Music at Mass MoCA

Even the Music at Mass MoCA is weird and wonderful.



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