Born in 1965 in Dangshan, Anhui, and graduated in 1988 from the Stage Design Department of the Shanghai Theatre Academy, Xue Song is a contemporary Chinese artist, whose style of collage is characterized by the burning ready-made images and his rearrangement of the burnt fragments on the canvas. This symbolic destruction and rebirth or deconstruction and reconstruction underline the significance of his artistic practice, as well as fashions a brand new visuality.
Jan 8 – April 22, 2022
May 18 – July 14, 2019
Long Museum, Shanghai
Jan 6 – Mar 4, 2018
Lin Pang-soong, Xue Song, Zhou Gang
Sept 15 – Oct 17, 2015
Xue Song’s Role as an Artist in Contemporary Culture
As a Chinese Contemporary artist, the challenge of Western art has undeniably shaped Xue Song’s practice. Consciously working within this premise, he addresses his own identity and confronts the complex history that has shaped him and the fast-changing society in which he is a part of. In this way, Xue Song’s evaluation of himself as an artist ultimately corresponds to the value of his art.
Xue Song in his Studio, Shanghai, 2017. Photo: T. Chang
In this video, we take an in-depth look into Xue Song’s career as a Chinese contemporary artist, covering his journey from his hometown of Dangshan, Anhui to the metropolitan city of Shanghai, his interest in Chinese history and contemporary culture, his wide range of subject matter, and the initial fire that sparked his inspiration for the iconic style of burnt collage that he is known for today.
Video Still from Trans-Figuration. Video: Courtesy of Li Youyou
Trans-Figuration by Xue Song is on view at the Guangdong Museum of Art from March 26 to April 20, 2022. The exhibition title is inspired by the term “transfiguration” in Buddhist art, which can be applied to understand Xue Song’s appropriation of ready-made images.
Installation View, Guangdong Museum of Art. Photo: Courtesy of Xue Song
The confrontation of one’s identity in terms of history, society, and culture has been an integral theme in the art of Xue Song, and was explored in the artist’s TED Talk on Oct 21, 2021 organized by TEDxHangzhouED.
Video Still from The Zeitgeist © TEDx Talks
In contemporary art magazine ArtReview’s coverage of the upcoming Art Taipei 2021 art fair, Xue Song’s mixed-media collage New Heights was prominently featured as both the article’s cover and content image.
Xue Song, New Heights, 2020 © Xue Song
China DNA – Xue Song 2020 is on view at the Powerlong Museum, Shanghai from November 2 through December 4, 2020. The large-scale retrospective continues the success and legacy from Xue Song’s solo exhibition at the Long Museum, Shanghai in 2019.
Installation View, Powerlong Museum, Shanghai. Photo: Courtesy of Li Youyou
The cover of the upcoming April 2020 issue of Taiwan’s Crown Magazine features Xue Song’s 2018 painting, Return Peacefully After Success – Poetry by Feng Zikai.
Crown Magazine, April 2020, No. 794 © Crown
The Art of Xue Song
Lofty Culture & Art, 2017
© Loftyart Gallery
Art Creation Project
Lofty Culture & Art, 2015
© Loftyart Gallery