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Liu Jianhua: Collected Letters

Collected Letters is organized by the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. This acquisition was made possible by the Society for Asian Art in honor of the Asian Art Museum's 50th Anniversary. (11/5/2018 to 2/8/2019)

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February 8, 2019 5:00pm
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With Collected Letters, Liu Jianhua, one of China’s foremost installation artists, has created a thought-provoking work of art that blends the classic and contemporary. Commissioned by the Society for Asian Art for our 50th anniversary, Liu’s striking installation links the building’s past as San Francisco’s Main Library with the museum’s distinctly forward-looking mission. It’s almost as if an old book has been plucked off a shelf and shaken out, its shattered sentences ejected and frozen as art.   

Each of the installation’s 1,600 pieces was handmade by Liu and a team of 20 ceramic artists over five months in Jingdezhen, China’s renowned center for porcelain production. Weighing in at over a ton, Collected Letters is supported by a special steel grid rigged to the Loggia’s ceiling — an engineering triumph that blends this modern wonder into its historic surroundings.   

“I’m not interested in creating a straightforward, clear-cut piece,” the artist says. “This work is better if people take the time to think about it. I’m just leaving the building blocks, it is for them to construct their own meaning.”   

Come see the installation for yourself and share your wonder on social media with #CollectedLetters. 

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Collected Letters is organized by the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. This acquisition was made possible by the Society for Asian Art in honor of the Asian Art Museum's 50th Anniversary

11/5/2018 to 2/8/2019.

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