The exhibition will focus on a number of Ai Weiwei’s monumental installations and his political work. A reading room which will also include documentary films will give visitors a chance to learn about his multifaceted efforts to foster social change in China—an activism that puts him on a collision course with the regime.
Ai Weiwei often refers to pre-revolutionary China and its cultural and craft traditions in his work. He seeks out iconic objects with great cultural and symbolic value for the Chinese, and then deliberately treats them with complete disregard for its worth or intended function. The artworks can be seen as commentary on the disdain that Mao’s Cultural Revolution showed the past as well as a way for Ai Weiwei himself to dispatch with conventional notions about art and its value. The works chosen for the exhibition all address Chinese socialism, mass production and global trade.
Date: February 3rd – June 10th, 2012
Opening: Thursday 11:00-19:00, Friday-Sunday till 17:00
Place: Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall
Admission: SEK60, Students SEK40, Free admission under the age of 20.
Address: Frihamnen, SE-115 56 Stockholm
Tel: +46 8 545 680 40
Text: Satsuki Miyanishi