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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


12 May – 10 July 2011

Room 3
Open late Fridays

The Asahi Shimbun Displays
Objects in focus

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Watch the build in 60 seconds: front view

Xu Bing timelapse video front

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Video: back view

See how the installation was constructed.


Introduction to Background Story 7

Xu Bing talks about the inspiration for Background Story 7 and describes the intricate and complicated process of creating the installation.