IAS Distinguished Lecture - Piercing through Changing Times – Dialogue with Artist Xue Song 穿越時代變遷—對話藝術家薛松
3:00pm - 4:30pm

For Attendees' Attention 注意事項

  • The event will be conducted in Mandarin. Simultaneous interpretation will be available.


  • Seating is on a first come, first served basis.




The lecture will focus on how Xue Song's artworks are evolved with China's social and cultural developments, sharing anecdotes in his career, and offering insights on positioning himself in the challenging global art market.

About the speaker

Xue Song was born in Anhui, China in 1965, and graduated in 1988 from the Shanghai Theatre Academy's Department of Stage Design. One of the key artists of the Chinese Pop Art movement, Xue Song's work is also representative of the "New Shanghai School". His art traverses East and West, historical memory and reality, as well as traditional culture and contemporary viewpoints.

Xue Song's initial artistic experiments began in the 1980s, a time when China was rapidly transforming and opening up to the world, and the modernisation of its art world was in full swing. Ideas that challenged traditional aesthetics, such as Pop Art, inspired many Chinese artists. Influenced by the early collage works of Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008), Xue Song began to experiment with collage in his graduation year, and his early works were predominantly executed in abstract and expressionist styles.

A studio fire accident in 1991 was the turning point for Xue Song's artistic career. Fire and collage consequently became his trademark techniques, with flames and ashes used to transform disparate printed fragments into an image that addresses wider issues such as society, politics, tradition, humanities, fashion and aesthetics.

His works form part of important collections, including the National Art Museum of China, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai's Long Museum, Hong Kong's M+, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, USC Pacific Asia Museum, Bonn Museum of Modern Art, Switzerland, the Guy & Myriam Ullens Foundation, the Uli Sigg Collection, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Fondation Cartier.




薛松於1965年出生於中國安徽,於1988在上海戲劇學院舞台美術系畢業。薛松被譽為中國波普藝術(Pop Art)最重要的藝術家之一,也是「新海派」藝術家代表人物,擅長將東方與西方、歷史記憶與當下現實、傳統文化與現代觀點連接起來。

薛松最初的藝術實驗始於1980年代。當時中國正值改革開放,現代藝術運動如火如荼,波普藝術等挑戰傳統美學的思想啟發了不少中國藝術家。受羅伯特‧勞森伯格(Robert Rauschenberg,1925-2008)的早期拼貼作品影響,他在畢業那年開始嘗試拼貼畫,早期作品主要呈現抽象和表現主義。



Recommended For
Faculty and staff, PG students, UG students
Speakers / Performers:
Mr. XUE Song 薛松
Chinese Artist 中國藝術家
HKUST Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study
School of Humanities & Social Science
Humanities & Social Science
Arts / Music / Film / Dance / Drama / Language