【RAM Talks】Song Dong and the Chinese Contemporary Art since the 1990s
Feb 17, 2017 Friday 19:30 - 21:00
Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai 20 Huqiu Road, Huangpu District)
“I Don’t Know the Mandate of Heaven”, an exhibition of the Chinese artist Song Dong at the age of 50, is inspired by a well-known quote from The Analects of Confucius, “Knowing the mandate of Heaven at the age of 50”, which is also traditionally taken as a motto for life planning, to convey the artist’s ongoing reflections about the art, reality and life in an era of rapid changes.
In her lecture, the speaker will, based on her experiences and reflections, talk about the transitions in environment and context of Chinese contemporary art since the 1990s, and discuss with the audience about how contemporary art organically derives from the local society. For Song Dong, his first “classroom of sensory literacy” was his home, so family has been a major subject in his art creation. The “apartment art” and “wildlife” which took place in non-artistic space are examples of the “domestic turn” in Chinese contemporary art history. Then how has Chinese contemporary art been able to thrive locally against all odds since the 1990s in a social and everyday life context?
Karen Smith，An art critic, curator, and executive director of OCT Contemporary Art Terminal (OCAT) Xi’an. She specializes in Contemporary Art in China Since 1979.
Free admission, reservation is required.