Song Kun, born in Inner Mongolia in 1977, graduated with MFA in oil painting at the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing in 2006.If one is to speak of the ways in which Song Kun differs from other artists her age, then the first difference is that she is the carrier of two very disparate oil painting traditions. For various reasons, during the complex period of her studies at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, she first began studying painting at Studio One, which teaches classical realist oil painting, before moving to Studio Three, which teaches expressionist painting, where she remained for the next seven years. Looking back over her college days, Song Kun has said that in terms of the qualities of various techniques, she prefers the tranquil, balanced atmosphere of classical painting, but she cannot accept the pretentious partition that exists between classical techniques and real life. In this regard, she feels that the attitude of concern for real life fostered at Studio Three better fits her method of connecting with the outside world. This little anecdote helps us to understand her artworks, particularly the fact that their charm rests in the subtle discrepancies between language and content. Song Kun is attempting to use something very special to bring together the profuse clutter of this era and to bestow it with a unique aura. This integration is not beautification in the classical sense but a hard-to-describe fusion between wishes and reality. Even when only counting from graduation, Song Kun has been working in the art field for a decade, and it is this hard-to-describe wish that has permeated all of her creations, bestowing her works with a precious quality.

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

 

2017

ASURA SUKHAVATI, Kiyoshi Art Space, Tokyo, Japan

 

2015
ASURA SUKHAVATI, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

 

2013
Visual Stream of Consciousness: Forward!—a contemporary Chinese Art and Contemporary City I, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai

 

2012   
A Thousand Kisses Deep, UCCA, Beijing, China

 

2009   
Seeking the Recluse but not Meeting, Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

 

2008    
Xi Jia – River Lethe, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China

 

2007    
Song Kun, Solo Project, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California, U.S.

 

2006    
It's My Life, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017

Kunst gemeinsam gestalten, Goethe-Institut, Beijing, China
Magic Sampling, Fruity Space, Beijing, China
Art Basel, Hongkong

 

2016

She,Long Museum, Shanghai, China

Unrealities in the Reality, Shenzhen, China

Exotic Stranger,Paris, France

Return, PIFO Galllery,Beijing,China

 

2015

Up, Beijing Time Art Museum, China

China8, NRW-Forum,Düsseldorf, Germany

The Temperature of History--Contemporary concerns, China Art Museum,Shanghai, China

Film, Art Basel, Hongkong

 

2014
The World III in the Third World, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
Island, Modernsky Lab, Beijing, China
Friends, Pool and Waves],Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China
Hazing Kyoto], Star Gallery, Beijing
Uneasy Trip in Asia IV,Star Gallery, Beijing, China
N12-No.6, Lin&Lin Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
My Generation: Young Chinese Artists, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, USA
N12-No.5, Beijing Commune, Beijing, China

 

2013
Criss-Cross, Long Museum, Shanghai, China
Being Entangled with Paper, Star Gallery, Beijing, China
Atypical, Gallery Beijing Space, Beijing, China
Uneasy Trip in Asia IV, Poly Arts Centre, Hong Kong, China
Being Is Not Being, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
Frieze New York, New York, USA
Uneasy Trip in Asia, Star Gallery, Beijing, China
Art13 London, London,UK
The Food in the World, Linda Art Center, Beijing, China

 

2012   
Narcissism, Star Gallery, Beijing, China
Stranger! ,DuDu Salon, Berlin, Germany
Song Kun & Jin Nv, S.E Gallery, Bergen, Norway
Paradise in the east, C5 Art Center, Beijing, China
Face, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai
Lust and Love of the Young and Liberated,  798 space ,Beijing
Sleep In Spring, C5 Art,Beijing, China

 

2011    
DAYBREAK, Arario Gallery, Beijing Space
HALF THE SKY-Women in the New Art of China, Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, Philadelphia, U.S
In A Perfect World... , Meulensteen Gallery, New York, USA

 

2010    
Thirty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art, Minsheng Art Museum Beijing, China
Do You See What I Mean, Fabien Fryns Fine Art, Los Angeles, U.S
The Armory Show, New York
The Mirror of This Time, Michael Ku Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

 

2009   
Touch, A4 Gallery, Chengdu, China
Pick Up All the Winter Branches, Michael Ku Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
NOTCH09 Art Festival, The VILLAGE ,Beijing
Kyoka Suigetsu--Female Contemporary Art,Power Center Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Hello,Sadness,Tang Contemporary Art,Bangkok ,Thailand

 

2008    
Looking for Me, Minsheng Contemporary Arts Center, Shanghai, China
Art39Basel--Art Premiere section, Basel, Switzerland

 

2007
2nd Documentary Exhibition of Fine Arts Forms of Concepts, Wuhan, China

 

2006    
Body - Boundary, Chambers Fine Art, New York, U.S.
Transgression, PIFO New Art Studio, Beijing, China
Chaos City, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China
N12 No. 4, C5 Art Center, Beijing, China

 

2005    
Naughty Kids, Star Gallery, Beijing, China
N12 No. 3, CAFA Gallery, Beijing, China
The Second Chinese Art Triennial, Nanjing Art Museum, Nanjing, China

 

2004    
New Wave, Art Seasons Gallery, Beijing, Singapore
N12 No. 2, CAFA Gallery, Beijing, China
Mode of Sensibility, Art Seasons Gallery, Singapore
Made in China, Design in France, Paul Ricard Gallery, Paris, France
Beijing-Dezoned-Paris, Le Cube, Issy les Moulineaux, France

 

2003    
She, Art Seasons Gallery, Beijing, China
N12 No. 1, CAFA Gallery, Beijing, China
Beyond the Face and Surface, Art Seasons Gallery, Singapore

 

2000    
Water-- First Show of Exo-Site Art Program, Huanyi Warehouse, Beijing, China

 

1999    
The Second Factory Time, Yunfeng Gallery, Beijing, China 

 

Live

 

2017.05 [Magic Sampling] , fRUITYSPACE,Beijing,China

2017.05 [Spook in Hot pot], Star Gallery,Beijing,China

2016.01 [Sound of Silence], CHINA FILM ARCHIVE,Beijing, China

2016.01 [Sound of Silence], KINO KROKODI,Berlin ,Germany

2015.09 [Sound of Silence],THEATER SAMSA,Tokyo,Japan

2014.11 [Cosmos], M21 Museum, Shanghai, China

2014.09 [Don’t Worry Garden], Houyuan, Beijing, China

2014.09 [Island No.1], Modernsky Lab, Beijing, China

2013.08 [Being Is Not Being], UCCA ,Beijing,China

2012.03 [Lull&Noise in Dog Night No.1], Temple Bar, Beijing,China

2012.03 [This Is Not A Fashion Party], 798 AKRYL space, Beijing,China

2012.04 [qīng míng.Sleep in Spring], C5 Art Center, Beijing,China

2012.06 [Lull & Noise in Dog Night No.2], School Club, Beijing,China

2012.07 [Paradise in The East], C5Art Center,Beijing,China

2012.09 [Stranger],HDA Kunstsalon, Berlin, Germany

 

Artist-in-Residence

 

2008 [LIA Leipizig International Art Program], Leipizig, Germany

2014 [Island,Modernsky Lad Art Program], Phuket, Thailand

2016 [Big Whale], Berlin, Germany

 

Collection

 

M+ Museum , Hongkong

Giraud Pissarro Segalot, New York , USA
Francois Pinault Collection, Paris, France
Sigg Collection, Switzerland

Long Museum,China

New Century Art Foundation (NCAF) , China

CAFA Museum, Beijng , China

New Century Art Foundation (NCAF) ,China