Tang Song, born 1960, completed his studies at Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (now the China Academy of Art) during the 1980s. Famed for his surprise performance art piece at the ‘China/Avant-Garde Exhibition’ on 5 February 1989 at the National Art Museum of China, Tang Song is an artist of action, making his work not only captivating to look at but also a catalyst for change. The noted “shooting incident” was in collaboration with the artist Xiao Lu, who eventually turned herself in, clearing his name. This event, which was actually a performance, has been called the milestone of the transition of Chinese modern art from the 1980s to the 1990s. After some time abroad, Tang Song moved back to China where he works today in his studio in Hangzhou.
Tang Song work has been shown in museums and biennales around the world, from China, to Australia, Korea, Japan and also the United States or Holland. He was for example, part of the group breaking Post 89 exhibition in Hong Kong in 1993, and shown at the Sao Paolo Biennale in 1995.