A Garden of Words: a Story of the Stone Retold by the Stones

19 Jul 2023 – 23 Sep 2023

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10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00

Free admission

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Brunei Gallery

London, United Kingdom

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This site-specific installation (or conceptual art exhibition) presents a set of stones - whose textures strikingly resemble the 26 letters in the English alphabet - all found in nature, arranged and re-arranged by artists Qu Leilei and Caroline Deane.


If the artists have redefined the stones as contemporary art by changing their utility, their lifespan, their status, the rearrangement of the stones as a reaction to the exhibition space - and the new message that it creates - questions the blurred boundary between art creation and curation today.

About the artists:

Qu Leilei was a founding member of the Stars group in China in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The avant-garde activities of the Stars group have been recognised as a foundational movement in the history of contemporary Chinese art. Based in London since 1985, Qu Leilei is now one of China's leading contemporary artists. In recent years he has continuously created art projects that combine painting and installation. His work has been exhibited at venues including the British Museum, the Venice Biennale, the Ashmolean Museum and the Royal Palace in Milan.

Caroline Deane is a London-based contemporary artist specialising in oils, pastels, Chinese ink and mixed media. Most of her work takes inspiration from Chinese art and philosophy. Her work has been exhibited extensively in London’s West End and in China.

Curated by Dr Panpan Yang, SOAS, University of London


Panpan Yang

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Qu Leilei

Caroline Deane

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