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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site

 

Watch the build in 60 seconds: back view

Watch a timelapse video recording the exhibition being built from the back in 60 seconds.

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Watch the build in 60 seconds: back view

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An introduction to the exhibition

An installation by Xu Bing: Background Story 7.

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Watch the build in 60 seconds

The view from behind the screen.

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Watch the build in 60 seconds

The view from in front of the screen.

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An introduction to Chinese landscapes

Jan Stuart, Keeper of Asia, talks about the ancient tradition of Chinese landscape painting that finds resonance in contemporary art which formed the inspiration for Backround Story 7.

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