A cutting-edge art installation: Porcelain letters and fragments of Chinese characters, suspended in midair, mingle in a silent symphony of symbols, open to interpretation and a new reading. 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 the Museum's 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
The spectacular building that houses the Asian Art Museum was once San Francisco’s Main Public Library. Its history is central to viewing a newly installed work by Liu Jianhua, commissioned to mark the museum’s 50th anniversary and composed to thousands of handcrafted porcelain letterforms and Chinese characters hung from the museum’s classical Loggia ceiling.