Collected Letters: An Installation by Liu Jianhua
Collected Letters: An Installation by Liu Jianhua Collected Letters: An Installation by Liu Jianhua Collected Letters: An Installation by Liu Jianhua
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As a 50th anniversary gift to the museum, the Society for Asian Art commissioned a major work by Liu Jianhua, one of China's best-known contemporary installation artists. The work comprises approximately 2,500 pieces of white porcelain formed into letters of the English alphabet and components of Chinese characters, suspended from the ceiling of the second-floor Loggia. The artist provides only the building blocks of words, leaving it to viewers to create meaning. The artwork's location is especially apropos: The space offers an opportunity for dialogue with the literary quotations engraved on the Loggia's walls, dating to the building's previous incarnation as San Francisco's Main Library.

Additional information:

  • Authors: Pedro Moura, Jay Xu, Linda Shen Lei, Tiffany Beres
  • Size: 8.5" x 10"
  • Pages: 80
  • Paperback
  • Publication: 2016