SONG DONG’S ‘WISDOM OF THE POOR: COMMUNAL COURTYARD’ IS GIFTED TO ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO

SONGDONG2This will take up serious storage space. It’s an “immersive” labyrinth of 100 Chinese doors assembled by Beijing avant-garde artist SONG DONG (b.1966) – originally for the Venice Biennale – and now in the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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The armoire doors were rescued from within the Beijing hutongs, a vast network of laneway housing now either being demolished or gentrified, in a capital city that’s been expanding and rebuilding at breakneck speed. ‘The Wisdom of the Poor’ addresses the role of traditional architecture in today’s changing urban environment.

SONGDONG1<PHOTO – Song Dong, Pace Gallery>

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 Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, http://www.ago.net

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One thought on “SONG DONG’S ‘WISDOM OF THE POOR: COMMUNAL COURTYARD’ IS GIFTED TO ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO

  1. Very disappointing. Liu Wei’s build environments are more successful/interesting.

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