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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.

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Sui Jianguo’s discus thrower

1 June – 9 September 2012

The exhibition is now closed

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Meet Sui

Sui Jianguo was born in Qingdao, Shandong province, in 1956, and received a BA in Fine Arts from the Shandong University of Arts in 1984.

He went on to study for an MA in Sculpture from the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, and is now head of the Sculpture Department.

It was at the Central Academy of Fine Arts that Sui first came across a plaster cast of the discus thrower: this and other casts were brought to China by Xu Beihong in 1939 as models of European art.

Sui has exhibited his work extensively in China and internationally. A major solo exhibition, The Hague under Heaven-Sui Jianguo Sculpture, was held at the Museum Beelden aan Zee in The Hague, Holland, in 2011.

Watch video about Sui Jianguo's discus thrower 

In a recent work, Sui Jianguo modelled himself in the Discobolus pose.  © Sui Jianguo