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Palimpsestes | Sun Xun Solo Exhibition

Tale of Tales - Every Falling Leaf Indicates the Autumn in the Empty Heaven and Earth, 2014, Ink and Colour on Paper of Old Xinhua Dictionary, 34x150x10cm 

Palimpsestes | Sun Xun Solo Exhibition

Tale of Tales - Golden Fable and the World, 2014, Ink and Colour on Paper of Old Xinhua Dictionary, 82x130x10cm 

Palimpsestes | Sun Xun Solo Exhibition

Tale of Tales - History Repeats Itself Endlessly, 2014, Ink and Colour on Paper of Old Xinhua Dictionary, 29x117x10cm 

Palimpsestes | Sun Xun Solo Exhibition

Palimpsestes I, 2014, Ink and Colour on Paper of Old Xinhua Dictionary, 149x361x4cm 

Palimpsestes | Sun Xun Solo Exhibition
29 Aug 2014 - 05 Oct 2014

ShanghART Gallery is honoured to present Sun Xun’s solo exhibition 'Palimpsestes’ on 29th August to 5th October 2014. The exhibition showcases 23 paintings from the ‘Palimpsestes’ collection created by Sun Xun from 2013 – 2014. It is a series of illustration, painted directly on tree barks, presenting the idea that the existence of a story unfolds before the creation of paper.

‘Palimpsestes’ is the Latin word for the first primeval book made from goatskin which words were inked, scraped off its content and re-written or painted again, in doing so, destruction and continuity appears to exist on the same medium.

The repetitive process of writing and erasing seems to be a metaphor of a story dissolving into eternality, as the same story becomes part of another narrative and moving into annals of history contemporaneously.

Sun Xun’s main artistic practice of an animated film is presented in a different but similar framework in this series, expanding his narrative creation in various approaches comparable to a dictionary, drama or a monument. These oeuvre reflects the artist’s rumination on the past, present and being in the moment, as well as his explorations and experimentation of the multifarious narrative medium.


Sun Xun (b.1980) was born in Fuxin, Liaoning Province. He currently lives and works in Beijing. He graduated from the China Academy of Fine Arts in 2005 and founded π Animation Studio in the following year. Sun Xun completed his first 3D animated film "Magic Party and Dead Crow," which was nominated in the 8th Rome Film Festival 2013, and has received Young Artist Award in The 8th AAC Art China Awards for the Most Influential in 2014. Some notable awards include Best Young Artist, Chinese Contemporary Art Awards (2010), Young Art Award, Taiwan Contemporary Art Link (2010), and the Arts Fellowship by Citivella Ranieri Foundation, Italy (2010).

Sun Xun’s recent major exhibitions include Yesterday Is Tomorrow, Hayward Gallery, London, UK (2014); Brave New World, Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong (2014); Magician Party and Dead Crow, ShanghART Beijing, Beijing (2013); The 4th Moscow International Biennale for Young Artists Exhibition in Moscow, Russia (2014); My Generation: Chinese Young Artists, Tampa Museum of Art and Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.A (2014); Chinese Ink: Past as Present in Contemporary China, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, U.S.A (2013); Documentary Fortnight 2013, MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media, New York, U.S.A (2013).