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This interview was conducted in Song Haidong's home in Shanghai on 4 March 2009.


Biography:

Song Haidong (b. 1958, Yangzhou) is an artist lives and works in Shanghai.

Since graduating from the Department of Sculpture at the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (now the China Academy of Art) in 1985, Song began teaching in the Fine Art College of Shanghai University. In 1986, Song and fellow artists formed the collective M Art Group and held a performance work at the Shanghai Workers Cultural Palace (Shanghai, 1986).

Song is considered to be one of the earliest artists to experiment with installation art in China. His work The Earth from Alien Eyes was exhibited at the ‘China/Avant-Garde Exhibition’ in Beijing in 1989.

Other selected exhibitions of Song’s work include 'Contemporary Chinese Art Now' (Tokyo Gallery, 1989), the 'Garage' exhibition (Shanghai, 1991), 'Solo Exhibition of Song Haidong' (Shanghai Oil Painting and Sculpture Institute, 1993), the 45th Venice Biennale (1993), ''85 New Wave' (Beijing Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, 2007) and ‘History in the Making: Shanghai, 1979–2009’ (Shanghai, 2009). Since 1994, Song studies Buddhism and traditional art.


簡歷︰

宋海冬,1958年出生於江蘇揚州。

1985年畢業於浙江美術學院﹝今中國美術學院﹞雕塑系研究生班,後任教於上海大學美術學院至今。1986年在上海組成「M藝術群體」,在上海工人文化宮舉行了一次行為演出。宋海冬被認為是最早實驗裝置藝術的中國藝術家之一,其作品〈外星人眼中的地球〉曾在《中國現代藝術展》展出。

曾參與當代藝術展覽包括︰《中國現代美術「今」展》(1989,東京畫廊),《車庫藝術展》(1991,上海教育會堂),《宋海冬个人展》(1993,上海油畫雕塑院),第45屆《威尼斯雙年展》(1993,意大利威尼斯),《八五新潮》(2007,北京尤倫斯當代藝術中心)及《上海灘1979—2009:當代藝術回顧展》(2009,上海)等。宋海冬在94年皈依佛教,三年後開戒,始研習傳統藝術。

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In 2006, Asia Art Archive began a focused archiving project called 'Materials of the Future: Documenting Contemporary Chinese Art from 1980-1990'. This project aimed at developing a comprehensive collection of primary research materials including books, periodicals, newspapers, exhibition brochures, invitations, video recordings, correspondence, and other relevant documents. 

As part of this project, AAA digitised more than 80,000 items of material from personal archives to include artists Mao Xuhui, Wu Shanzhuan, Zhang Xiaogang, and Zhang Peili; curators and critics Fei Dawei, Lu Peng, and Zheng Shengtian; as well as the archives of Tokyo Art Gallery. As part of the research process over 75 in-depth interviews with key artists, curators, and critics were conducted. From a portion of these interviews, AAA created a documentary film about experimental art in South China (Guangzhou) in the 1980s entitled From Jean-Paul Sartre to Teresa Teng: Contemporary Cantonese Art in the 1980s.

AAA’s 1980s archiving project culminated with the launch of a comprehensive website portal called www.china1980s.org in September 2010.

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Interview with Song Haidong (Transcript, Simplified Chinese), 訪問:宋海東(抄本, 簡體中文)