Born in 1977 in Inner Mongolia, China
Lives and works in Beijing, China

SONG Kun

Song Kun earned her MFA in 2006 from the oil painting department of the Central Academy of Fine Art (CAFA). Song's practice focuses on painting, while incorporating music live, video, installation and other media. She is hailed as one of the most promising female artists in China.

The honesty and emotional power in her work align her with “ the few artists who have stablished their own unique vocabularies of figurative painting in the contemporary art scene ”. In her works, she observes and captures the different figures and fleeting moments in reality and hyper-reality world, She gathers up the fragments of our time, at the same time makes the elements restructuring. As a result, her works constitute a mythical, private spatiality that reflects the potential changes in China.

“Narration in the style of stream of consciousness” and “interval and synaesthesia images in the subconciousness” are the two concepts, They play the key roles in her works. Instead of employing specific symbols, she offers her independent observation on how to experience the cognition and emotion in life.

Song Kun’s works have always contained important concepts: "streaming narrative of consciousness" and “unconsciousness of the subconscious”. These are important features in her creation, in addition to this she uses aspects of Chinese oriental aesthetics. She never tries to provide any fixed symbols or concepts, but proposes a sample of China's independence at this stage for the proposition “How to Feel the Experience Cognition and Rich Emotions Given by Life”. Her firmness and self-confidence have enabled her paintings to borrow language from music, sound, and images to give painting a special narrative energy. In recent years, Song Kun’s artistic creation has entered a new stage, experimentally integrating contemporary subcultures and religious elements with her creative system, forming a unique sample that is closer to her personal temperament.

education

1996
- Fine Arts School Affiliated to China Central Academy of Fine Arts
2002
- BA, Third Studio, Oil Painting Department, Central Academy of Fine Arts
2006
- MA, Third Studio, Oil Painting Department, Central Academy of Fine Arts

solo shows

2019
- IMBODY-Feeling Real · Nude, SSSSART, Shanghai, China

2018
- SUKHAVATI 。o 0, Cc Foundation &Art Center, Shanghai, China

2017
- ASURA SUKHAVATI, Kiyoshi Art Space, Tokyo, Japan

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

2013
- Visual Stream of Consciousness, Minsheng Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai, China

2012
- A Thousand Kisses Deep, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

2009
- Seeking the Recluse but notMeeting, Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

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

2007
- Song Kun, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA

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

group shows

2021
- Futurism of the Past Beijing Exhibition Center, Beijing, China
- Art as Living Organism, MADEIN Gallery, Shanghai, China
- Duration: Chinese Art in Transformation,Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, China
- Cover, Enclave Contemporary, Shenzhen, China

2020
- Painting: Macro, Guangdong Museum ofArt, China
- Being of Evils, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
- Morphing in-between, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
- CLEAN, SPURS Gallery, Beijing, China

2019
- I Love Beijing New Wave, Star Gallery, Beijing, China
- Epithet Portrayed, Don Gallery, Shanghai, China

2018
- The Fiftieth Exhibition: Five Years in Qikeshu, Star Gallery, Beijing, China
- N.A.I.C Project XArt Depot, Commune by The Great Wall, Beijing, China
- Collage, C5Art Space, Beijing, China
- Portrait of Time, The Imperial Ancestral Temple Art Museum, Beijing, China

2017
- KUNST GEMEINSAM GESTALTEN, Goethe-Institute, Beijing, China
- Magic Sampling, Fruity Space, Beijing, China
- Lines of Unthought, Edmond Gallery, Berlin, Germany
- Art Basel in Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

2016
- SHE: International Women Artists Exhibition, Long Museum, Shanghai, China
- Unrealities in the Reality, Boxes Art Space, Shenzhen, China
- Exotic Stranger, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris, France
- Art Paris, Paris, France
- Prison Lab, China & Germany Cultural Exchange Year Art Project, Berlin, Germany

2015
- Up-Youth, Beijing Times Art Museum, Beijing, China
- Art Basel in Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
- Fiction, OWSpace, Beijing, China
- CHINA 8, NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Germany
- The Temperature of History, China Art Museum, Shanghai, China
- Film, Art Basel in Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

2014
- The World III in the Third World, The Art Center, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
- Cosmos, M21Minsheng Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai, China
- Hazing Kyoto, Star Gallery, Beijing, China
- Island, Modern Sky Lab, Beijing, China
- Uneasy Trip in Asia, Star Gallery, Beijing, China
- Summer 2014: Friends, Pool and Waves, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China
- Landscape of Man, Michael Ku Gallery, Taipei, China
- N12 - No.6, Lin & Lin Gallery, Taipei, China
- My Generation: Young Chinese Artists, Tampa Museum ofArt, Tampa, USA
- Art Basel in Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
- 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, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
- Frieze New York, New York, USA
- Uneasy Trip in Asia, Star Gallery, Beijing, China
- Art13 London, London, UK
- Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland
- The Food in the World, Linda Art Center, Beijing, China

2012
- Narcissism, Star Gallery, Beijing, China
- Stranger, HdAArt Salon, Berlin, Germany
- Paradise in the East, C5Art Center, Beijing, China
- Face, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China
- Lust and Love of the Young and Liberated, 798 Space, Beijing, China
- Sleep in Spring, C5Art Center, Beijing, China

2011
- DAYBREAK, Arario Gallery, Beijing, China
- Half the Sky: Women in the New Art of China, Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, Philadelphia, USA
- In A Perfect World, Meulensteen Gallery, New York, USA
- Art Basel in Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

2010
- Do You See What IMean?, Fabien Fryns Fine Art, Los Angeles, USA
- Thirty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art, Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, China
- The Armory Show, New York, USA
- The Mirror of This Time, Michael Ku Gallery, Taipei, China
- Art Basel in Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

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

2008
- Lookingfor Me, Minsheng Contemporary Arts Center, Shanghai, China
- Art Premiere, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland

2007
- The SecondDocumentary Exhibition of Fine Arts, Hubei Art Museum, Wuhan, China

2006
- Body-Boundary, Chambers Fine Art, New York, U.S.
- Chaos City, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China
- N12 - No. 4, C5Art Center, Beijing, China

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

2004
- New Wave, Art Seasons Gallery, Beijing, China and Singapore
- N12 - No. 2, CAFA Gallery, Beijing, China
- Mode of Sensibility, Art Seasons Gallery, Beijing, China and 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
- Age of Er Chang, Wan Fung Art Gallery, Beijing, China

public collections

- CAFAArt Museum, China
- M+ Museum, Hongkong
- Long Museum, China
- Minsheng Art Museum, China
- New Century Art Foundation, China
- Start Museum, Shanghai, China
- Cc Foundation &Art Center, China
- Zhi Art Museum, China
- Qiao Zhibing, China
- He Juxing, China
- Giraud Pissarro Segalot, USA
- Francois Pinault, France
- Uli Sigg, Switzerland

awards

Artist-in-Residence

2016
- Big Whale, Berlin, Germany
- KUNST GEMEINSAM GESTALTEN, Berlin Germany

2014
- Island, Modernsky Lab Art Program, Phuket, Thailand

2008
- Leipzig International Art Program, Leipzig, Germany

Live

2020
- Sonic Fall Beijing, 798Art Center, Beijing, China
- Pure Land -Tusumi Forest, Tokyo, Japan

2018
- SUKHAVATI 。o 0, Cc Foundation &Art Center, Shanghai, China
-Collage, C5Art Center and C5Youth Retreat, Beijing, China

2017
- RAW-Wave, BLG Lab, Beijing, China
- Spook in Hot Pot, Star Gallery, Beijing, China
- Magic Sampling, fRUITYSPACE, Beijing, China

2016
- Summer Art Night, BLG Lab and M Woods Museum, Beijing, China
- Sound of Silence, China Film Archive, Beijing, China
- Sound of Silence, KINO KROKODI, Berlin, Germany

2015
- Sound of Silence,, THEATER SAMSA, Tokyo, Japan
- ININ Cosmos, M21Minsheng Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai, China
- Fiction, OWSpace, Beijing, China

2014
- Don’t Worry Garden, Houyuan, Beijing, China
- Island, Modern Sky Lab, Beijing, China

2013
- Being Is Not Being, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
- Lull&Noise in Dog Night No.2, Temple Bar, Beijing, China

2012
- This Is Not a Party, 798AKRYL space, Beijing, China
- Sleep in Spring, C5Art Center, Beijing, China
- Lull&Noise in Dog Night No.1, School, Beijing, China
- Paradise in the East, C5Art Center, Beijing, China
- Stranger, HdAArt Salon, Berlin, Germany