Find out more
talks & workshops
school group bookings
limited edition prints
Song Dong: Waste Not
15 February 2012 - 12 June 2012
View gallery opening times
subject to availability
'The installation is infinitely photogenic, endlessly distracting. It comes with a gripping backstory'
Time Out ★★★
Chinese artist Song Dong turns clutter into artwork'
- BBC London
'A life told in stuff. Most of it useless and unlovely, and yet strangely affecting'
'Song's installation is a more involving and reflective experience'
'This is a special collection. It has been gathered together with love'
The Financial Times
'Creating a work called
... the slogan was drummed into the Chinese population during the cultural revolution: nothing was thrown away in case it could be used later'
'Beautiful and obsessive, it has the power of appeal for all of us'
- The Flaneur
'Song Dong's Waste Not at the Barbican – in pictures'
- The Guardian
'It’s true – my art is a load of rubbish'
- The Sun
'My favourite object is the soap... My mother collected the soap during the time of the Cultural Revolution and some pieces are older than me'
- Dazed Digital
'This month's must see'
Framed Film Club: Song of the Sea (PG)
12 Sep 15 / Cinema 2
The Famous Victories of Henry V
19 Nov 15 / Theatre
9 Oct 15 - 10 Jan 16 / The Curve
Love and Other Crimes: The Songs of Lee Hazlewood
25 Oct 15 / Hall
Black Arm Band:
3 - 5 May 16 / Theatre
Royal Opera House Live: Rhapsody and The Two Pigeons
26 Jan 16 / Cinema 1