the exhibition premieres the large-scale ‘iron tree’ sculptures — towering over eight-meters tall and weighing 14 tons — along the museum’s promenade.
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titled ‘hansel & gretel’, the immersive and interactive work examines the changing nature of public space in the era of mass surveillance.
the sculptures are made using traditional chinese kite-making techniques and adopt a wide range of references to mythology and ai weiwei’s own life experiences.
‘ruyi path’ uses cobbles salvaged from the recently renovated ports of marseille, giving new life to the stones.
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opening today, the monumental exhibition unfolds as a multi-layered statement on the human condition.
the piece is inspired by weiwei’s quote: the seed is a household object but at the same time it is a revolutionary symbol.
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we visited ‘laundromat’ at deitch projects, where the artist’s ongoing engagement with the refugee crisis reaches a monumental milestone.
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the large orange life rafts, anchored to the palace’s windows, aim to draw attention to the fate of refugees who risk their lives daily.
in an effort to draw attention to the ongoing humanitarian crisis, the chinese artist has used refugee life vests to wrap the pillars of the landmark konzerthaus in berlin.
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using bamboo kite making as his language of expression, ai weiwei has hung a collection of chinese mythological creatures from the ceiling of the historic parisian department store.
the wearables reference ai weiwei-s longstanding interest and investigation into the 2008 wenchuan earthquake in china, where thousands of people perished because of poor construction techniques and materials.
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