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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Location: Asia Society Museum
From left to right: Xu Bing, Silkworm Book: The Analects of Confucius, 2019, Courtesy of the artist; (Declaration of Independence) In Congress, July 4, 1776. The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America..., [n.d. ca. 1833] [Force/Stone facsimile], ca. 1833, Dorothy Tapper Goldman Foundation; Sun Xun, July Coming Soon, 2019, Courtesy of the artist and ShanghART Gallery

Installation view of Asia Society Triennial: We Do Not Dream Alone at Asia Society Museum, New York, October 27, 2020–June 27, 2021. From left to right: Xu Bing, Silkworm Book: The Analects of Confucius, 2019, Courtesy of the artist; (Declaration of Independence) In Congress, July 4, 1776. The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America..., [n.d. ca. 1833] [Force/Stone facsimile], ca. 1833, Dorothy Tapper Goldman Foundation; Sun Xun, July Coming Soon, 2019, Courtesy of the artist and ShanghART Gallery. Photograph © Bruce M. White, 2020

Location: Asia Society Museum
Sun Xun, July Coming Soon, 2019, Courtesy of the artist and ShanghART Gallery

Installation view of Asia Society Triennial: We Do Not Dream Alone at Asia Society Museum, New York, October 27, 2020–June 27, 2021. Sun Xun, July Coming Soon, 2019, Courtesy of the artist and ShanghART Gallery. Photograph © Bruce M. White, 2020. This work was commissioned by Asia Society Museum, New York, for the inaugural Asia Society Triennial: We Do Not Dream Alone.

Location: Asia Society Museum
From left to right: (Declaration of Independence) In Congress, July 4, 1776. The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America..., [n.d. ca. 1833] [Force/Stone facsimile], ca. 1833, Dorothy Tapper Goldman Foundation; Sun Xun, July Coming Soon, 2019, Courtesy of the artist and ShanghART Gallery

Installation view of Asia Society Triennial: We Do Not Dream Alone at Asia Society Museum, New York, October 27, 2020–June 27, 2021. From left to right: (Declaration of Independence) In Congress, July 4, 1776. The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America..., [n.d. ca. 1833] [Force/Stone facsimile], ca. 1833, Dorothy Tapper Goldman Foundation; Sun Xun, July Coming Soon, 2019, Courtesy of the artist and ShanghART Gallery. Photograph © Bruce M. White, 2020

Location: Asia Society Museum

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 (960–1279) 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, PhD, 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 to 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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