Chinese artist Ai Weiwei to present ‘Ruptures’, an exhibition opening March 20th at Faurschou Foundation in Copenhagen. Faurschou Foundation’s major exhibition in 2015, the show features several of the main works that have cemented Ai Weiwei’s position as one of the world’s most significant artists. Weiwei’s work focuses primarily on Chinese history and contemporary society and includes social activities, film, design, physical installations, architecture and design.
‘Ruptures’, Mar. 20th – Dec. 22nd, 2015, includes Sunflower Seeds, a smaller version of his site-specific installation at Tate Modern in the Turbine Hall in 2010, consisting of 100 million hand-made porcelain sunflower seeds. The exhibition also shows several of Ai Weiwei’s wood sculptures, made from some of the Buddhist temples that were torn down during the Cultural Revolution, and his work with antique vases several thousand years old.
Ai Wewei’s large installation Straight (2008–12). The work consists of 73 tons of steel reinforcement that Weiwei found crumpled up among the rubble after the earthquake in Sichuan, 2008. The artist had every piece of mangled rebar straightened through a laborious process.
For additional information on ‘Ruptures’ and future exhibitions at Faurschou Foundation: faurschou.com
Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron and Beijing-based Ai Weiwei teamed up for this amazing pavilion structure on the lawn a plane of the Serpentine Gallery in London, England. With a layer of water atop the structure, DesignBoom notes that the artists are “inviting visitors to pass beneath it and observe the recently exposed components of the past structures. eleven columns representing each of the previous editions elevate the roof plane 1.4 meters from the excavated ground while an additional support stands for the current construct.”
Ai Weiwei, who has become an international symbol on the inability for a Chinese artist to conduct free speech and expression, was released from jail on bail today in Beijing. He had been arrested prior to a trip to NYC on the grounds of suspicious economic activity, and became a centerpiece of international outcry for China to to release the artist on unjust causes.
The artist has returned to his family, and is asking for patience before he speaks to the press.
This is a good read on the some of the changes happening in China right now. Art critic and painter Chen Danqing who has co-authored a book with Ai Weiwei takes a more passive approach to life. He gives a good perspective on contemporary China and how censored they really are.
This is a cool piece on the controversial and acclaimed Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei, done by the Tate Modern when Weiwei exhibited there last year in his sunflower seed installation. After Weiwei was detained by Chinese authorities earlier this month for being, well, free-thinking and influential, this video has taken on even more meaning.