Trash Transformed – Xu Bing at Mass MoCA

  • Post published:07/30/2013
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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.



This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Lisa at Greenbow

    You are so lucky to live so close to such cultural experiences. Wonderful.

  2. Cathy Kennedy

    WOW, so cool! In photo #1, I might say this is one of the best uses for cigarettes ever. Photo #2 is really interesting, too. This looks like a gr8 place to visit. Fabulous WW pix!

    The Wheel

  3. Pat

    Lisa – We are lucky to live in a beautiful rural spot, and still have the avant garde nearby.
    Cathy – We highly recommend Mass MoCA. I thought it was the best use of cigarettes too.
    GHG – Xu Bing had a lot of interesting stuff at the exhibit.
    Jennifer – WW is always fun.
    Donna – Very cool, and the movie about the making of the Phoenixes was very thought provoking.

  4. Rosey

    Art never ceases to amaze me. πŸ™‚

  5. Sue St Clair

    That is some really cool art! Happy belated WW πŸ™‚

  6. Michele in Salem

    wow, amazing art! I wonder if we could make it out there as a day trip? I think I’ll add it to my list of possibilities.

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