PRIVATE VIEW: Xu Bing, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Yesterday evening, I went to Cambridge as the guest of James Lin, The Senior Assistant Keeper of Applied Arts, at the Fitzwilliam Museum, to see an installation by the artist Xu Bing.
Beautifully crafted copper-wrought, bird cages, that appeared to be made of Chinese calligraphic writing (which was actually stylised English) held plastic singing birds, that were activated when you clapped your hands together.
It was the perfect juxtaposition of intense Chinese craftsmanship and knickknack art, that necessitated the onlooker to make the artwork activate and be surprised that everything was not what is seemed on first sight!
bird cages

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