ai weiwei at lisson gallery ai weiwei at lisson gallery
may 09, 2011

ai weiwei at lisson gallery

‘monumental junkyard’, 2007, marble 40 pieces each 6 x 213 x 91 cm, 20 pieces each 6 x 210 x 80cm image from glucksman gallery, courtesy of ai weiwei

london’s lisson gallery is preparing ‘ai weiwei‘, the first retrospective of the controversial chinese-born artist to open in the UK. with his whereabouts still unknown, the exhibition, which opens on may 13 and runs through to july 16th, comes at a relevant and distressing time. displaying thirteen key pieces from the past six years, the installation will feature a series of sculptural and video works that use a variety of formal languages and methods of production. 

‘colored vases’, 2006 neolithic vases (5000-3000 BC) and industrial paint 51 pieces, dimensions variable image courtesy of ai weiwei

greg hilty of lisson gallery says: ‘we are thrilled at the opportunity to bring to a UK public a selection of key works that demonstrate the range and sensibility of ai weiwei. beautifully crafted, conceptually acute, poetically resonant, these works provide a concise overview of his concerns as an artist.’

‘marble chair’, 2008, marble 120 x 56 x 46 cm image courtesy of ai weiwei

planned in conjunction with the artist and activist before his disappearance, the exhibition is one of many international projects planned for the next year, including  an installation of weiwei’s photographic works at the fotomuseum winterthur in switzerland, and a showing of his architectural projects at kunsthaus bregenz in austria.

‘moon chest’, 2008, huanghuali wood 81 pieces, 320 x 160 x 80 cm image from mori art museum, courtesy ai weiwei

‘surveillance camera’, 2006, marble image from lisson gallery, courtesy of ai weiwei

  • Is there anything in the world we can do to help free ai weiwei?

    beth says:
  • Design boom should start a collection of signatures for a petition to free Ai weiwei!

    I would give my signature for sure!

    signature says:
  • Yes, organize and protest. We could stop buying anything that says “Made in China.”

    It’s bewildering the art world establishment isn’t taking this on. Or maybe it isn’t . . .

    This is very good work, by the way.

    Tom P says:
  • “The sculptor Anish Kapoor has called on the world’s museums and galleries to close for a day in protest at the Chinese government’s continued detention of the artist Ai Weiwei.”

    Maybe this will work….

    Miel says:

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