Sun Xun

b. 1980 in Fuxin, China
Working in Beijing, China
Showing at Asia Society Museum
On view October 27, 2020, through February 7, 2021
Sun Xun SX_9

Sun Xun, July Coming Soon (detail), 2019. Ink and color on silk. 24-page folding album. Open: H. 17 1/8 x W. 297 5/8 x D. 1/4 in. (43.5 x 756 x 0.5 cm); closed: H. 17 1/8 x W. 12 3/8 x D. 2 1/8 in. (43.5 x 31.5 x 5.5 cm). Courtesy of the artist and ShanghART Gallery. Photograph: Alex Wang (ShanghART Gallery)

Location: Asia Society Museum
Sun Xun, July Coming Soon (detail), 2019

Sun Xun, July Coming Soon (detail), 2019. Ink and color on silk. 24-page folding album. Open: H. 17 1/8 x W. 297 5/8 x D. 1/4 in. (43.5 x 756 x 0.5 cm); closed: H. 17 1/8 x W. 12 3/8 x D. 2 1/8 in. (43.5 x 31.5 x 5.5 cm). Courtesy of the artist and ShanghART Gallery. Photograph: Alex Wang (ShanghART Gallery)

Location: Asia Society Museum
Sun Xun, July Coming Soon (detail), 2019

Sun Xun, July Coming Soon (detail), 2019. Ink and color on silk. 24-page folding album. Open: H. 17 1/8 x W. 297 5/8 x D. 1/4 in. (43.5 x 756 x 0.5 cm); closed: H. 17 1/8 x W. 12 3/8 x D. 2 1/8 in. (43.5 x 31.5 x 5.5 cm). Courtesy of the artist and ShanghART Gallery. Photograph: Alex Wang (ShanghART Gallery)

Location: Asia Society Museum
Sun Xun, July Coming Soon (detail), 2019

Sun Xun, July Coming Soon (detail), 2019. Ink and color on silk. 24-page folding album. Open: H. 17 1/8 x W. 297 5/8 x D. 1/4 in. (43.5 x 756 x 0.5 cm); closed: H. 17 1/8 x W. 12 3/8 x D. 2 1/8 in. (43.5 x 31.5 x 5.5 cm). Courtesy of the artist and ShanghART Gallery. Photograph: Alex Wang (ShanghART Gallery)

Location: Asia Society Museum
Sun Xun, July Coming Soon (detail), 2019

Sun Xun, July Coming Soon (detail), 2019. Ink and color on silk. 24-page folding album. Open: H. 17 1/8 x W. 297 5/8 x D. 1/4 in. (43.5 x 756 x 0.5 cm); closed: H. 17 1/8 x W. 12 3/8 x D. 2 1/8 in. (43.5 x 31.5 x 5.5 cm). Courtesy of the artist and ShanghART Gallery. Photograph: Alex Wang (ShanghART Gallery)

Location: Asia Society Museum
Sun Xun, July Coming Soon (detail), 2019

Sun Xun, July Coming Soon (detail), 2019. Ink and color on silk. 24-page folding album. Open: H. 17 1/8 x W. 297 5/8 x D. 1/4 in. (43.5 x 756 x 0.5 cm); closed: H. 17 1/8 x W. 12 3/8 x D. 2 1/8 in. (43.5 x 31.5 x 5.5 cm). Courtesy of the artist and ShanghART Gallery. Photograph: Alex Wang (ShanghART Gallery)

Location: Asia Society Museum
Sun Xun, July Coming Soon (detail), 2019

Sun Xun, July Coming Soon (detail), 2019. Ink and color on silk. 24-page folding album. Open: H. 17 1/8 x W. 297 5/8 x D. 1/4 in. (43.5 x 756 x 0.5 cm); closed: H. 17 1/8 x W. 12 3/8 x D. 2 1/8 in. (43.5 x 31.5 x 5.5 cm). Courtesy of the artist and ShanghART Gallery. Photograph: Alex Wang (ShanghART Gallery)

Location: Asia Society Museum
Sun Xun, July Coming Soon (detail), 2019

Sun Xun, July Coming Soon (detail), 2019. Ink and color on silk. 24-page folding album. Open: H. 17 1/8 x W. 297 5/8 x D. 1/4 in. (43.5 x 756 x 0.5 cm); closed: H. 17 1/8 x W. 12 3/8 x D. 2 1/8 in. (43.5 x 31.5 x 5.5 cm). Courtesy of the artist and ShanghART Gallery. Photograph: Alex Wang (ShanghART Gallery)

Location: Asia Society Museum
Sun Xun, July Coming Soon (detail), 2019

Sun Xun, July Coming Soon (detail), 2019. Ink and color on silk. 24-page folding album. Open: H. 17 1/8 x W. 297 5/8 x D. 1/4 in. (43.5 x 756 x 0.5 cm); closed: H. 17 1/8 x W. 12 3/8 x D. 2 1/8 in. (43.5 x 31.5 x 5.5 cm). Courtesy of the artist and ShanghART Gallery. Photograph: Alex Wang (ShanghART Gallery)

Location: Asia Society Museum
Sun Xun, July Coming Soon (detail), 2019

Sun Xun, July Coming Soon (detail), 2019. Ink and color on silk. 24-page folding album. Open: H. 17 1/8 x W. 297 5/8 x D. 1/4 in. (43.5 x 756 x 0.5 cm); closed: H. 17 1/8 x W. 12 3/8 x D. 2 1/8 in. (43.5 x 31.5 x 5.5 cm). Courtesy of the artist and ShanghART Gallery. Photograph: Alex Wang (ShanghART Gallery)

Location: Asia Society Museum
Sun Xun, July Coming Soon (detail), 2019

Sun Xun, July Coming Soon (detail), 2019. Ink and color on silk. 24-page folding album. Open: H. 17 1/8 x W. 297 5/8 x D. 1/4 in. (43.5 x 756 x 0.5 cm); closed: H. 17 1/8 x W. 12 3/8 x D. 2 1/8 in. (43.5 x 31.5 x 5.5 cm). Courtesy of the artist and ShanghART Gallery. Photograph: Alex Wang (ShanghART Gallery)

Location: Asia Society Museum
Sun Xun, July Coming Soon (detail), 2019

Sun Xun, July Coming Soon (detail), 2019. Ink and color on silk. 24-page folding album. Open: H. 17 1/8 x W. 297 5/8 x D. 1/4 in. (43.5 x 756 x 0.5 cm); closed: H. 17 1/8 x W. 12 3/8 x D. 2 1/8 in. (43.5 x 31.5 x 5.5 cm). Courtesy of the artist and ShanghART Gallery. Photograph: Alex Wang (ShanghART Gallery)

Location: Asia Society Museum
Sun Xun, July Coming Soon, 2019

Sun Xun, July Coming Soon, 2019. Ink and color on silk. 24-page folding album. Open: H. 17 1/8 x W. 297 5/8 x D. 1/4 in. (43.5 x 756 x 0.5 cm); closed: H. 17 1/8 x W. 12 3/8 x D. 2 1/8 in. (43.5 x 31.5 x 5.5 cm). Courtesy of the artist and ShanghART Gallery. Photograph: Alex Wang (ShanghART Gallery)

Location: Asia Society Museum

This work was commissioned by Asia Society Museum, New York for the inaugural Asia Society Triennial: We Do Not Dream Alone.

Sun Xun’s practice considers the lingering impact of the Cultural Revolution on Chinese society, the subjective nature of global history, and the disjunction between personal experience and officially recorded events. His surreal narratives, realized through a broad range of mediums including animation, drawing, painting, and site-specific installation, deftly appropriate Song-dynasty and western-painting techniques to create animals and other allegorical characters that inhabit dreamlike alternate universes. The artist received a BFA in printmaking at the China Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou, in 2005 and established π Animation Studio in 2006. 


July Coming Soon is a twenty-four-page folding album that was created for the Triennial as part of a special project by guest curator Susan L. Beningson, Ph.D., entitled We the People: Sun Xun and Xu Bing Respond to the Declaration of Independence. Sun Xun takes inspiration from the Declaration of Independence to rebuke the current Administration of the United States and inventory the collateral damage caused by its policies. A winged monster featuring the visage of Donald Trump slinks away from an apocalyptic scene replete with an image of the Statue of Liberty in ruins and a globe hurtling to the ground in flames.

Supported in-kind by ShanghART Gallery

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