Chinese Artist Xu Bing Writes Like An Egyptian

A new language — always exciting! Even better, it’s unpronounceable, and written entirely in icons.

“An exhibit of Mr. Xu’s work now on in Shanghai draws mostly from a humorous 112-page day-in-the-life type storybook he has written entirely in icons. “Regardless of cultural background, one should be able understand the text as long as one is thoroughly entangled in modern life,” the Chongqing-born artist says in notes for the show, now at the Shanghai Gallery of Art through the end of May.”

Chinese Artist Xu Bing Writes Like An Egyptian – Scene Asia – WSJ.

One example of his work is a large poster covered with icons, one portion of which translates as:

“Chinese artist Xu Bing has ideas about how people communicate. Different people in different countries should speak one language.”

(I hope nobody mentions Esperanto!)

 

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