Ai Weiwei at Albion Gallery

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An exhibition of new work by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is on display at the Albion Gallery in London.

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The show includes an installation created in collaboration with Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron (above). The work is a variation of the installation created in the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in September - see our earlier story.

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The exhibition continues until 14 November. Above and below: Bamboo with Porcelain by Ai Weiwei, 2008.

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Images courtesy of the artist and Albion; photos by Ed Reeve.

The following information is from Albion:

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Albion is delighted to present an exhibition by the Chinese artist and intellectual Ai Weiwei. One of the most outspoken artist in China and known throughout the world, Ai Weiwei works across a wide range of practices, encompassing installation, sculpture, photography, video and architecture.

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For the past 15 years, he has consistently been one of the most innovative figures in China's art world. Through not just his own artistic production, but also via his curatorial and editorial work, his own blog and under his design company, FAKE Design, he is one of the most influential artists currently working in China.

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In collaboration with Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, Ai Weiwei contributed to the design of the National Olympic stadium in Beijing.  Above: Two Legged Table by Ai Weiwei, 2008.

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In 2007, Ai Weiwei produced a major work Fairytale for Documanta 12 in Kassel which led to his invitation by Herzog & de meuron to collaborate on a major new installation for the Venice Architecture Biennale. His exhibition at the Albion will include an important new installation, also in collaboration with the architects. Above: Divina Proportion by Ai Weiwei, 2006.

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Above: Dress with Flowers by Ai Weiwei, 2008.

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Above: Untitled by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei, 2008.

  • eric luyckx

    j’adore la pièce avec les vases de porcelaine…

  • razifohnas

    i don’t know what it is , but i like the way Ai wei wei breaks away from the typical Asian artist’s work. Ideas are radical & articulate. Finally, someone with balls to go against the asian attitude of collective copycats.

  • alicia loy griffin

    Movement of constant time, leaning on the everlasting permission of conquered space. i am feeling totally complete as I look @ your work. D’zign must flow as you have successfully achieved a study into the light of our complete existence.
    I feel u all the way in south los angeles, california. “Peace and Beautiful Love”

  • a

    “For the past 15 years, he has consistently been one of the most innovative figures in China’s art world”

    it’s a compliment or a shame on Chinese arts? MAN~

  • shishir

    if chair on sticks means art then i am an artist either, i can even juggle with them

    • Leslie D. Pippen

      it's not a question of if it is art, you had to think of it first. You did not, he did. Art is about making visible the things that are elusive to the money gatherer. Your a money gatherer, you don't have time to make art.

  • http://www.mocospace.com/html/profile-view.jsp?user=3650512 yeslong

    The differences between artist and layfolk is artist can breaks prejudice to make simple varyed, did’nt layfolk.
    If you do this, you are an artist now, does’nt need authenticated. Of course, should be first one who breaks prejudice.

  • ldl1

    I don’t agree on shishir on this one. The materiality of Ai Wei Wei, regardless of his political posturing, is a nice detournement of Western perceptions. The re-appropriation of Chinese (or any culture) crafts and their destabilization is his unique trade.
    Spinning plates and juggling, uh, jugs is not what he’s about.

  • 0hzone

    the tension in the pots installation and the weight it lends to the floor/ceiling is so simple – a true instalation. I love the potential energy embodied in the chair instalation – you can almost sense the party the chairs were having befoer you walked in, and that it will kick off again as soon as you turn your back. The embarrassed look on the lonely stool is priceless.

    0hzone