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Through the Wall (2016) – Song Dong (1966)

Through the Wall is an installation by the Chinese artist Song Dong and could be admired in the Highlights collection of museum Voorlinden. in Wassenaar.

This wall is not an impenetrable barrier but gives access to an infinite, boundless secret corridor inside the wall. I will reveal the secrets of this interior of this Chinese wall the coming posts.

The wall is 4.5 m high and 9 meters long and is made up of dozens of doors and frames that originate from the old walled Hutong neighbourhoods in Beijing.
These historic neighbourhood - where Song himself grew up and still live - have been demolished in favour of new construction since the 1990s. The installation is also inspired by the ancient Chinese Yíngbì or Zhàobì: a screen wall that was placed in historic architecture in front of an entrance to ward off evil spirits.

Song brings together contradictions in his art: he unites tradition and modernity, past and present, Taoist philosophy and concepts from contemporary art. The notion of the wall is a recurring concept in the work of the artist. His home country of China, his youth and his parents also play a major role in his work. Due to the poverty the family experienced during Mao’s Cultural Revolution, his parents had to make do with what was available. That is why Song uses all kinds of daily found objects in his art. In this way he interweaves personal, historical and political elements in his art. (info museum Voorlinden)

◄ Picture 1: ► Mirroring in the Wall.


◄ Picture 2: ► Leaving the Wall


◄ Picture 3: ► Looking at the Wall


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