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Xu Bing: Phoenix

2013 | USA | English; Mandarin wtih English Subtitles | 17:30


"Drawing inspiration from the contemporary realities of his fast-changing country, Chinese artist Xu Bing spent two years creating his newest work, Phoenix.

The installation features two monumental birds fabricated entirely from materials harvested from construction sites in urban China, including demolition debris, steel beams, tools, and remnants of the daily lives of migrant laborers. At once fierce and strangely beautiful, the mythic Phoenixes bear witness to the complex interconnection between labor, history, commercial development, and the rapid accumulation of wealth in today's China." MASS MoCA

The film Xu Bing: Phoenix documents the process of creating the work through to its installation at the Massachusettes Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA).

Hyperallergic, A Tale of Two Phoenixes, Ellen Pearlman, July 3, 2013

Selected Screenings

☆ The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA)
☆ Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian, Washington, DC
☆ Crow Museum of Asian Art, Dallas, TX
☆ Cathedral of St John Divine in New York
☆ United Art Museum, Wuhan, China
☆ International Film Festival of Cinematic Arts

Director/Producer: Daniel Traub
Editor: Scott A. Burgess
Cinematography: Daniel Traub, Rick Widmer, Tian Li
Music: Benjamin Kaplan and Hildur Gudnadottir
Produced in association with: Freer/Sackler Museum and Xu Bing Studio

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