ASURA SUKHAVATI:Song Kun Solo Exhibition


Artist: Song Kun

Curator:Lu Mingjun

Opening: 31st Dec. 2015, 16:00

Exhibition Dates: 31stDec. 2015 - 2nd Mar. 2016



Hive Center for Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the opening of ASURA SUKHAVATISong Kun Solo Exhibition on31stDec.2015 at the Hall A. As the latest solo exhibition of Song Kun, it will feature her works on canvas, installation, ambient music and videos.The exhibition is curated by Lu Mingjunand will last until 2ndMar.,2016.


Born in Baotou, Inner Mongolia, 1977, Song Kun was a founding member of the artist group N12 during her studies at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), where she completed her master’s degree in the oil painting department in 2006. She is one of the most concerned female artist nowadays in China. Song Kun sets her sights on desire, the spirit and faith in the Dharma-ending age, presenting them in dissonant states of reality and the surreal. In this exhibition, Song Kun has devised her works as an island, or as her so called "pure realm." It is at once a pure land, the realm of humanity, and hell. It is past, present and future. It is the land of the Asuras, as well as the reality where ball-jointed dolls roam, and the refuge of the artist.It is more genuine experience and perception than fabrication.


The island comprises seven parts, including the Asuras of Buddhism, the Six Messengers of Ksitigarbha, people in the sea of darkness, animals from the beast realm (jellyfish, snakes and octopuses), scenes from the pure land, a fabricated pure land island installation, and videos and music with primal and natural themes such as the starry sky and the sea. The Asuras play an important role in all of this. As the inhabitants of one of the "six realms of existence" in Buddhism, these demigods experience the full range of human emotion. They have the might of the gods, and the evil propensities of demons. They are good in nature, but are also often hateful, and persistently get entangled in struggles. Today, a paradigm shift has taken place in the image of the Asura. The Internet, cosplay, folk beliefs and many other elements have intertwined, forming an unfathomable new image for the Asura. The artist sees this image as having the weight of truth in the real world.


Song Kun has no intention of establishing links between these elements, and even consciously strives to break possible connections between them, preferig to see them as a series of unconnected signs and symbols. But these are the signs that compose the "pure realm" in Song Kun's heart. This "pure realm" is no longer some oriental fairyland, or some poeticized natural outlook on the pure land. It appears chaotic, but it radiates strangeness and vitality. It is just as Ksitigarbha said, that hell is the pure land. The pure land gained from seeing the truth is far away, as well as right in front of your eyes.


Perhaps some people will feel that Song Kun has constructed a grand narrative of human history, but that is not how she sees it. Whether it is the imagination in the painting, or those scattered, crystalline organs, they are all her real experiences and sensory responses. This hybrid “pure realm” she has produced is a dramatic refinement of the real world in which we live, as well as a means and path for her own cultivation. When the “pure realm” becomes art and enters into the gallery and the museum, it seems to be a form of quarantine, but in fact, she is planting this “pure realm” into a complexly diverse world, because this is also a part of the “pure realm.” Perhaps, as it is said in Buddhism, this is a form of kusala—wholesome skill.


Song Kun


1977       Born in Inner Mongolia, China

2002       BA, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China

2006       MA, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China

Lives and Works in Beijing, China


Solo Exhibitions

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

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

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

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

2007       Song Kun, Solo Project, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California, USA

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


Group Exhibitions

2015       Up, Beijing Time Art Museum,China

              China 8, NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Germany

              The Temperature of History: Contemporary concerns,Art Theater,China Art Museum,Shanghai

              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, China

              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       Paradise in the east, C5 Art Center, Beijing, China

              Face, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China

              Lust and Love of the Young and Liberated, 798 Space, Beijing, China

              Narcissism, Star Gallery, Beijing, China

              Stranger! , HdA Kunstsalon, Berlin, Germany

              Sleep in spring, C5 Art Center, Beijing, China


2011              Daybreak, Arario Gallery, Beijing Space, 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

2010       Thirty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China

              Do You See What I Mean, Fabien Fryns Fine Art, Los Angeles, USA

              The Armory Show, New York, USA

              The Mirror of This Time, Michael Ku Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan, China

2009       Touch, A4 Gallery, Chengdu, China

              Pick Up All the Winter Branches, Michael Ku Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

              NOTCH09 Art Festival, The VILLAGE, Beijing, China

              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, USA

              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, Central Academy of Fine Arts Gallery, Beijing, China

              The Second Chinese Art Triennial, Nanjing Art Museum, Nanjing, China

2004       New Wave, Art Seasons Gallery, Beijing/ Singapore

              N12- No.2, Central Academy of Fine Arts 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       N12- No.1, Central Academy of Fine Arts Gallery, Beijing, China

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

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



2014       Don’t worry garden, Houyuan,Beijing, China

              Island, Modernsky, Lab, Beijing, China

2013       Being Is Not Being,UCCA,Beijing

2012       Lull&Noise in Dog Night No.1, Temple Bar, Beijing

              This Is Not A Fashion Party, 798 AKRYL space, Beijing

              qīng míng.Sleep in Spring, C5Art Center, Beijing

              Lull&Noise in Dog Night No.2, School club, Beijing

              Paradise in The East, C5 Art Center, Beijing

              Stranger!, HDA Kunstsalon, Berlin, Germany


2008       LIA Leipizig International Art Program, Leipizig, Germany

2014       Island, Modernsky Lad Art Program, Phuket, Thailand


ASURA SUKHAVATI:Song Kun Solo Exhibition

DATE: Dec 31, 2015 - Mar 02, 2016

ADDRESS: E06,798 Art Zone, No.4 Jiuxianqiao Rd, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China

CURATOR: Lu Mingjun

ARTIST: Song Kun