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Song Dong Biography

Song Dong was born in 1966, Beijing, China. He attended the Capitol Normal University in Beijing in 1985 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1989. He had his first solo exhibition at the Culture Palace in Beijing in 1992 called 'Show of Oil Paintings'. He has continued to exhibit in several solo exhibitions in London, Los Angeles, Newcastle, Vancouver, and Sydney, most notably at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He has emerged from a strong Chinese avant-garde performing arts community and developed into a significant contemporary art figure in the progression of Chinese conceptual art. His work, which is often in collaboration with his wife and fellow Chinese artist, Yin Xiuzhen, ranges from performance and video to photography and sculpture. Song explores notions of impermanence and the transience of human endeavor. He currently lives and works in Beijing.

Song Dong Featured Artworks

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Usefulness of Uselessness - Varied Window No.10 by Song Dong contemporary artwork
Song DongUsefulness of Uselessness - Varied Window No.10, 2017Old wooden windows, mirror, mirror panel, glass
130 x 150 x 19.1 cm
Pace Gallery
Usefulness of Uselessness – Varied Window No.5 by Song Dong contemporary artwork
Song DongUsefulness of Uselessness – Varied Window No.5, 2017Old wooden window, mirror, mirror panel, glass
96 x 101 x 7.5 cm
Pace Gallery
Usefulness of Uselessness - Rectangular Window No. 6 by Song Dong contemporary artwork
Song DongUsefulness of Uselessness - Rectangular Window No. 6, 2017Old wooden window, mirror, mirror panel, glass, hinge, handle, door and window bolts
286 x 190 cm
Pace Gallery
Installation view 4 by Song Dong contemporary artwork
Song DongInstallation view 4, 2015Edible biscuits, tape, photo

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Installation view 3 by Song Dong contemporary artwork
Song DongInstallation view 3, 2015Edible biscuits

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Installation view 2 by Song Dong contemporary artwork
Song DongInstallation view 2, 2015Ceramic

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Installation view 1 by Song Dong contemporary artwork
Song DongInstallation view 1, 2015Edible biscuits

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Song Dong Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Song Dong, Same Bed Different Dreams at Pace Gallery, London
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1 October–5 November 2019 Song Dong Same Bed Different Dreams Pace GalleryLondon
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Chewing Gum III at Pace Gallery, Hong Kong
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25 May–4 July 2019 Group Exhibition Chewing Gum III Pace GalleryHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Song Dong, Surplus Value at Pace Gallery, Beijing
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19 December 2015–27 February 2016 Song Dong Surplus Value Pace GalleryBeijing

Song Dong Represented By

Pace Gallery contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Pace Gallery New York, London, Geneva, Palo Alto, Hong Kong, Seoul, Beijing

Song Dong In Ocula Magazine

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One belt, one road, one  biennale: Yinchuan's stand against cultural desertification Ocula Report One belt, one road, one biennale: Yinchuan's stand against cultural desertification By Sam Gaskin, Yinchuan

Over 70 artists from 33 countries are represented in the inaugural Yinchuan Biennale, which opened amidst scandal on 9 September.

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Dr Uli Sigg Ocula Conversation Dr Uli Sigg By Diana d'Arenberg, Hong Kong

I'm very much a fan of the public institution. I think only the public institution can provide the long-term guarantee that it will continue to exist and it will be 'the' public memory.

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Song Dong Ocula Conversation Song Dong By Diana d'Arenberg, Hong Kong

I think it’s interesting that the history of our lives can be conveyed through objects. My mother would keep all these objects for the future; her future was me, so I created 'Waste Not' for her.

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Go East: The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection Ocula Report Go East: The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection By Jane O’Sullivan, Sydney

Yang Zhichao’s Chinese Bible is both unyieldingly monumental and humble. In the latest presentation of the work in Sydney, all 3,000 of the diaries he has collected from Beijing’s fleamarkets are placed in neat rows on a large, rectangular plinth. Dated from 1949 to 1999 they record 50 turbulent years in China’s history....

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Song Dong In Related Press

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A BITE OF EVERYWHERE: SONG DONG’S EATING THE CITY Related Press A BITE OF EVERYWHERE: SONG DONG’S EATING THE CITY 8 November 2017, ArtAsiaPacific

The struggle for self-restraint was evident in both curious adults and impatient children alike, their eyes and appetites appraising towers of neatly stacked chocolate and vanilla wafers, pristine rivers of bright blue frosting lined with piped, green trees—all of which awaited the inevitable fate forewarned by the title of Song Dong's...

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10 Highlights from the inaugural Kathmandu Triennale 2017 Related Press 10 Highlights from the inaugural Kathmandu Triennale 2017 10 April 2017, Art Radar Journal

The Kathmandu Triennale is an event developed on the back of past success of the Kathmandu International Art Festival, held in 2009 and 2012. The inaugural edition of Kathmandu Triennale (KT 2017) takes ‘The City’ as a thematic starting point – a catalyst to explore the many socio-cultural and political issues embedded in urban settings. Francis...

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'Where can the dust alight' at Pace, Hong Kong Related Press 'Where can the dust alight' at Pace, Hong Kong

A group exhibition at Pace Hong Kong borrows its name from a 7th century stanza by the Buddhist monk Hui-neng, which embodies the Buddhist core philosophy of constant reflection, but also the notion of life without meaning, within a few profound words: “There is no Bodhi tree/Nor stand of a mirror bright/Since all is void/Where can the dust...

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Song Dong: video art, a beam of visible and intangible 'light' Related Press Song Dong: video art, a beam of visible and intangible 'light' 4 September 2016, CAFA art info

On July 2, 2016, Time Test International Video Art Research Exhibition was unveiled at CAFA Art Museum. The exhibition is divided into two parts including Moving Time: Video Art at 50, 1965-2015 and Screen Test: Chinese Video Art since the 1980s, aimed at taking the development of video art as the axis, the use of the two parts mutually echo...

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