"Waste Not" by Song Dong

The Museum of Modern Art

The new installation on the second floor of the Museum of Modern Art is a public viewing of a hoarder's life-long collection. Chinese artist Song Dong organized and displayed every item from his mother's home, including numerous television sets, toothpaste tubes, plastic bottles, cardboard boxes, and shoes. Song Dong's mother accumulated these items over fifty years — it was a common practice during in China when people lived the concept "waste not" (wu jin qi yong). The installation feeds our hoarder-fascination and explores cultural reasons for extreme collecting... A 2005 book, made for the installation of "Waste Not" at Beijing Tokyo Arts Project, explains the cultural associations of each collection of objects. We were amazed and overwhelmed by the enormous number of items accumulated by Song Dong's mother. Have you seen the exhibition at MoMA?

You can view the set-up of "Waste Not" in the Museum of Modern Art through MoMA MultiMedia: Installation of Projects 90: Song Dong.

Projects 90: Song Dong will be exhibited at MoMA through September 7, 2009.

(Images: Rachael Grad)

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