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REVIEWS

HONG KONG

ArtisTree

Song Dong

36 Calendars

Installation view of “Song Dong: 36 Calendars” at ArtisTree, Hong Kong, 2013. 

Photo by Ann Woo for ArtAsiaPacific.


Although pop-up reminders and smartphone schedules have replaced hanging wall calendars in the digital age, there was nothing nostalgic or sentimental about those by Chinese artist Song Dong. Covering the capacious, black-columned ArtisTree hall, over 400 wire-bound pages depicted every month of the artist’s life for the past 36 years. While the project traced China’s staggered emergence from the Cultural Revolution, politics never overwhelmed the frank, intimate portrait of

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