ai weiwei four movements exhibition at phillips de pury & company, london
ai weiwei four movements exhibition at phillips de pury & company, london ai weiwei four movements exhibition at phillips de pury & company, london
mar 06, 2009

ai weiwei four movements exhibition at phillips de pury & company, london

ai weiwei: ‘four movements’ exhibition

chinese artist ai weiwei is currently displaying new works in his exhibition ‘four movements’ at phillips de pury & company, london. the show is composed of four new sculpture series—marble chairs, moon chests, bubbles, and selected furniture works.

its four parts comprise an allegorical whole; the major themes include constructed realities, the questioning of cultural authority, myth and science, and the transformative power of the artist.

‘moon chest’ series

the moon chests series is executed according to a mathematical formula that permits for 81 unique permutations; each cabinet has four apertures that mimic the stages of a lunar eclipse. the chests are constructed from huali wood, an extremely dense and resilient wood that is often used in making chinese furniture, and assembled with expert joinery methods utilizing no nails or screws. in stark contrast to the immense finery of the works’ construction is the eclipses’ immaterial nature, raised to life by light, shadow, and the shifting position of the viewer.

the ‘four movements’ exhibition by ai weiwei is on display att phillips de pury & company, london.

‘moon chest’ series

‘marble chair’ series

each work in the marble chairs series weighs a hefty 55 kilograms and is carved from a single block of beautifully striated white marble — rendering a misty, grey landscape within the confines of the classical forms of ming and qing dynasty chairs.

‘marble chair’ series


100 bubbles were shown on watson island as part of the art projects exhibition at art basel miami beach 2008. the bubbles are created in jingdezhen, the chinese city with an illustrious 1800-year history of ceramic production which at one point was the source of all imperial porcelain for the emperor zhenzhong’s court (1004-1007).


the furniture series presents new works by the artist in his ongoing exploration of ming and qing dynasty furniture.

‘table with beam’, furniture series

the exhibition will be on view until march 28, 2009.

  • ai wei wei’s work is getting more stale as time goes on, the same kinds of repeats and nods to chinese history for validation. his ‘rebel’ stance is as fake as his challenge to the art world, of which he is a prominent and visual proponent. this work is marketed toward westerners first and foremost.

    nonetheless, even with all this said, he is the best chinese artist to date. since his contemporaries include only money making schlocksters who make one-liners at best, this doesn’t say much.

    jack h says:

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