Xue Song 薜松
Xue Song, born in 1965 in Anhui Province, China. He works and lives in An Hui Province. He graduated from the Shanghai Drama Institute, Stage Art Department in 1988 and is one of the leading artists of contemporary Chinese Pop Art.
Xue Song is well known for his innovative combination of contemporary and traditional elements where calligraphy, folk art and ink paintings meet modern techniques. He began his initial experiments with collage after being inspired by Western art, especially Pop Art and the works of Robert Rauschenberg in the 1980s. He is acclaimed as the first artist in China to bring western collage onto the contemporary Chinese art scene. After a tragic destruction of his studio by fire in 1990, Xue started to incorporate charred remnants of past work, books, and other belongings — remains that served as a constant reminder of the past — while "burning" and "collaging" have become distinctive elements within his artistic language.
‘I discovered some kind of “mark” from this fire, I found a language form that enabled me to speak…’ The treatment of ready made pictorial images and text prints through selection, disintegration, burning, restructuring, collage and drawing to eventually produce the new image which meets his own requirement is the special creation steps of Xue Song. Borrowing the power of “fire”, he explores the reality and illusion of art from the destruction and regeneration of pictorial images.
Xue Song's works are collected by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, University of Southern California Asia Pacific Museum, Bonn Museum of Modern Art, Germany, China Art Museum, Shanghai Art Museum, Long Museum, Hong Kong M+ Art Museum, Bill Gates Art Foundation and other institutions. He has held solo exhibitions in Shanghai Art Museum, Xi'an Art Museum, MOCA in Singapore, The Ueno Royal Museum in Japan etc. In 2019, he held a solo exhibition “Xue Song: Phoenix Art from the Ashes” at Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai.
Blessings19 January - 28 February 2022 Hong KongA new year begins and everything starts anew. In Chinese culture, festivals and seasons bring family members together. The renewal of life evolves with the seeding of spring, planting of...Read more
Reconnect15 June - 31 October 2020 Hong Kong, LondonRECONNECT: The Summer Exhibition 2020, is a special exhibition programme presented for the reopening of our 3812 London and Hong Kong galleries from 15th June.Read more
Mind-Scape VSophie CHANG | Chloe Ho | LI LEI | LIU Guofu | QU Leilei | WANG Huangsheng | WANG Jieyin | XUE Song 21 June - 17 August 2019 London3812 Gallery is delighted to announce that its annual exhibition Mind-Scape, now in its fifth edition, debuts at 3812 London from 21 June – 17 August 2019. Since its first...Read more
ARTicle | Blessings19 January 2022In this ARTicle, we would like to introduce Blessings, an artistic theme shrouded with spiritual meaning for the 12 featured artworks, that resonate with different...Read more
ARTicle | From Corporate Collections to the landmark of the city: Calvin Hui and the MGM Chairman's Collection15 September 2021For this edition of ARTicle, we will focus on the curatorial insight of Calvin Hui, co-founder of 3812 Gallery, and the development of MGM Chairman’s...Read more