The Parrot 鹦鹉
1994

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Institution: Beijing, China
Materials: Performance, Mixed media installation / Live parrot

For this performance art work Xu Bing trained a parrot to communicate certain sentiments to gallery audiences. For the duration of the exhibition, the parrot sat alone in its cage in the exhibition hall and quoted learned phrases, such as:
You people are so boring!
Modern art is crap!
Why are you holding me prisoner, you bastards!