ai weiwei: sunflower seeds at the tate modern
 
ai weiwei: sunflower seeds at the tate modern
oct 13, 2010

ai weiwei: sunflower seeds at the tate modern

ai weiwei: sunflower seeds at the tate modern‘sunflower seeds’ by ai weiwei at the tate modern images courtesy the tate modern © ai weiwei

 

 

ai weiwei: sunflower seeds turbine hall, tate modern bankside, london now until 2 may 2011

 

 

as the eleventh commission in the tate modern‘s unilever series, chinese conceptual artist ai weiwei has filled the museum’s turbine hall with millions of life-sized sunflower seed husks made out of porcelain. the collective effort of a number of specialists from jingdezhen, china, the hand-crafted seeds were individually formed and painted. the installation encourages visitors to touch and walk on the carpet of tiny replicates.

ai weiwei has manipulated the traditional methods of crafting porcelain, which has historically been considered to be one of china’s most prized exports, to explore the ‘made in china’ phenomenon and the geo-politics of cultural and economic exchange today.

 

ai weiwei: sunflower seeds images courtesy the tate modern © ai weiwei

ai weiwei: sunflower seeds at the tate modern aerial view image courtesy the guardian photographer: david levene

 

ai weiwei: sunflower seeds at the tate modern images courtesy the tate modern © ai weiwei

 

  • relax it’s art.

    om
  • If this trash is not correctly disposed could kill birds that cannot distinguish between the real and the fake ones.

    Andre Norris
  • @Question

    ai weiwei has manipulated the traditional methods of crafting porcelain, which has historically been
    considered to be one of china’s most prized exports, to explore the ‘made in china’ phenomenon and
    the geo-politics of cultural and economic exchange today. – end of quote.

    only if you could finish reading it.

    H&M
  • Sunflower Seeds is made up of millions of small works, each apparently identical, but actually unique. However realistic they may seem, these life-sized sunflower seed husks are in fact intricately hand-crafted in porcelain. Each seed has been individually sculpted and painted by specialists working in small-scale workshops in the Chinese city of Jingdezhen. Far from being industrially produced, they are the effort of hundreds of skilled hands.(Tate’s text)

    … WHY such an effort?
    Why not real seeds?

    Question
  • this cool… like it!

    xetsn
  • Mr.Ai really shows his niubility

    diver
  • my mind is *poof*

    kad00regel
  • Really enjoy this.

    jk
  • Porcelain? What a bummer!

    Babe Ruth
  • wow

    dirk

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