Chinese artist Song Dong’s solo exhibition is on view at Netherlands’ Groninger Museum from 12th June. The exhibition will display 40 pieces of Song Dong’s works since the early 1990s. Meanwhile, the well-known German publisher, Hatje Cantz will publish a 300-page book, named “SONG DONG”.
Most of Song Dong’s works are focused on the artistic process rather than the final product, and therefore created the unique media and installations. In his work, “Eating the City”, he used crackers, chocolates and other snacks to build a Utopian city. Different adjustments are made when it’s exhibited around the world. Likewise, “Eating the World” portrays the world map by jellies and candies, where the audience is invited to eat. Interactive and interesting, the audience always finds it exciting when this series of works are on display.
Materials in daily life are used in the many works of Song Dong. His iconic work, “Waste Not”, has used more than ten thousand daily necessities. In this stirring work, the artist exhibits his mother’s objects from the past decades. The objects are mostly old or useless items, but were not thrown away. This reflected people’s insecurity without materialistic items, and it also implies the society’s confusion of the materialistic and functional aspects of consumer products. This work has been exhibited in major art institutions in the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Barbican Centre in London. It will also be exhibited at the Groninger Museum.