Day 1-Monkeys Grasp for the Moon

Monkeys Grasp for the Moon

Monkeys Grasp for the Moon  (Freer Sackler)


Xu Bing , (Chinese, active United States, born 1955)

Modern period

Lacquer on Baltic birch wood

H: 137.8 W: 50.0 D: 4.2 cm



  1. B.G. Ritts says:

    I’d love to have a two-thirds scale copy of this section of that installation. At four and a half feet high, the original is a bit large for any place I could put it.

  2. SJ Rozan says:

    B.G. — did you see the installation? Climbing up the lightwell at the Freer-Sackler? What a knockout. I love Xu Bing for the way he plays with the physical forms of words. There’s a work of his, though Lydia doesn’t know who the artist is, in Prof. Yang’s office in GHOST HERO.

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