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Wisdom of the Poor: Living With the Tree

Chinese
2005
Song Dong (Chinese, born in 1966)


Dimensions

Overall (building): 265.4 x 392.1 x 245.1 cm (104 1/2 x 154 3/8 x 96 1/2 in.) Height x diameter (tree): 450 x 10.2 cm (177 3/16 x 4 in.) Overall (tree support base): 31.1 x 63.2 x 63.2 cm (12 1/4 x 24 7/8 x 24 7/8 in.) Overall (bed frame): 69.9 x 153 x 188.6 cm (27 1/2 x 60 1/4 x 74 1/4 in.) Overall (mattress): 10.2 x 151.4 x 188.3 cm (4 x 59 5/8 x 74 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

2016.234

Medium or Technique

Steel frame, steel bolts, wooden doors with glass and hardware (salvaged from demolished Beijing courtyard houses), wooden bed frame, wooden platform, polyurethane foam mattress, synthetic bed sheet, elm tree/branch, steel tree support structure.

Not On View

Classifications

Installation

Provenance

Sold by the artist to Pace Gallery; 2016, sold by Pace Gallery to the MFA. (Accession date: June 22, 2016)

Credit Line

Henry and Lois Foster Contemporary Purchase Fund, Doran Family Fund for Contemporary Artists created in memory of Stephen D. Paine, and Stephen D. and Susan W. Paine Acquisition Fund for 20th Century and Contemporary Art