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Song Dong


Grants Awarded

2006 | Visual Art | United States

to continue to observe contemporary art activities in the United States

2005 | Visual Art | United States

with Xiuzhen Yin, to observe contemporary art activities, meet with artists and curators, and create new work in the United States


Exhibition / Taiwan

Individualized Together, Polit-Sheer-Form

June 9, 2015 - August 2, 2015

These artists, who formed Polit-Sheer-Form on the basis of their similar backgrounds as well as their reflections on the disappearance of China's cultural character as a result of development, have raised a wave after wave of shared creativity and touring exhibitions.

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Grantee: Song Dong

Exhibition / United States

DE/CONSTRUCTING CHINA: Selections from the Asia Society Museum Collection

June 9, 2015 - July 19, 2015

The selection of video and photography works by the eight artists included in this exhibition illuminate the great changes that have occurred as a result of China’s race to establish itself on the world stage, and the increasingly stark contrast between the development in urban centers and the stagnation of the rural countryside.

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Grantees: Song Dong, Wang Qingsong

Exhibition / Denmark

A New Dynasty - Created in China

November 21, 2015 - May 22, 2016

A New Dynasty – Created in China is a visual, thought-provoking, and inspiring encounter with China as a present-day superpower. The works of art will give visitors unique keys to the understanding of a world which is both familiar and strange at the same time; the complex and multi-faceted phenomenon of China.


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Grantee: Song Dong

Exhibition / China

I Don't Know the Mandate of Heaven

January 21, 2017 - March 26, 2017

I Don’t Know the Mandate of Heaven is the first major survey of Song Dong’s work in mainland China in 8 years. The exhibition will include some of the artist’s best-known works that have been fundamental in establishing his career, as well as several rarely exhibited works. Among the works on display, some pieces have been specially commissioned for this exhibition by RAM such as At Fifty, I Don't Know the Mandate of Heaven and Back Image, manifesting the museum’s long-term commitment to support the creativity and production of contemporary art through exhibition projects. 

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Grantees: Song Dong, Wong Wai Yin

Exhibition / United States

Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World

October 6, 2017 - January 7, 2018

The largest showcase of contemporary Chinese art from 1989 – 2008 in North America, surveying the development of Chinese experimental art from the end of Cold War to the age of globalization and China’s rise on the world stage. Works in the exhibition illustrate the role of artists as both agents and skeptics of China’s global presence against the political, social, and cultural transitions in the past two decades.

This exhibition is part of Asia Contemporary Art Week, October 5-26 in New York City. The work of six ACC grantees are included in this exhibition.

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Grantees: Song Dong, Cai Guo-Qiang, Wang Jianwei, Zhang Peili, Liu Wei, Yin Xiuzhen

Exhibition / United States

ACAW THINKING PROJECTS x Creative China Festival: Song Dong, Li Jun

October 15, 2017 - December 15, 2017

Punctuating the ending of FIELD MEETING during ACAW, Song Dong invites the public to feast on his world-traveled Eating the City installation built from thousands of edible biscuits, crackers, and sweets. Alongside, Zi Jie at East Lake, a pop-up exhibition addressing issues of urbanization & gentrification in Central China by emerging artist Li Jun. Co-presented with Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation as part of Creative China Festival on the occasion of Mana Contemporary’s Open House.Through December 15.
This exhibition is part of Asia Contemporary Art Week, October 5-26 in New York City.

Song Dong received an ACC Fellowship in 2005 to observe contemporary art activities, meet with artists and curators, and create new work in the United States.

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Grantee: Song Dong

Special Event / United States

The Films of Song Dong

November 2, 2019 - November 9, 2019

On the occasion of the ACC alumnus Song Dong's solo exhibition at Pace’s gallery in London this fall, Pace Live will present a week-long screening of video works and films that document his ongoing performance practice from the 1990s to the present. Among the works featured in the presentation are Broken Mirror (2005)—a film comprised of opposing images that together expose the struggle of Beijing culture to maintain its traditions despite the inevitable forces of urbanization—and Touching My Father (1998), a video in which Song projects an image of his own hand onto his father’s body, alluding to traditional relationships between fathers and sons and offering a metaphorical bridge across the generation gaps that have marked China’s recent development. Beijing-based artist Song Dong's performances and videos explore the duality of the poetic and the political, the personal and the global, to question the nature of reality in the face of China’s rapid modernization.

Pace Live is a new  multidisciplinary initiative encompassing music, dance, film, performance, and conversation, programmed specifically for Pace’s new global headquarters in NYC. Pace Live occupies a 150-seat multi-use space on the gallery’s 7th floor and will give artists, scholars, and other critical forces in the field the opportunity and flexibility to experiment across a range of disciplines and connect with the public in new ways.


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Grantee: Song Dong