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Yale Art Gallery - Mu Xin


New Haven, Connecticut


While the first major exhibition of works by the contemporary Chinese writer-artist Mu Xin includes 33 landscape paintings, its feature is his "prison notes," written while the artist was imprisoned during the Cultural Revolution (1966-76), as a means of coping with the hardship of incarceration. Each of the 66 sheets of notes is handwritten in tiny characters on both sides. They display suspends all of the sheets in a thin transparent structure, allowing the viewer to absorb the impact of a single, powerful field of text.

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