After Le Bon Marché, the chinese artist Ai Wewei returns to Paris in September, but this time for a solo exhibition at the Galerie Max Hetzler. It will be a first time for Ai Weiwei to present his work in a parisian gallery.
A key figure in the Chinese independent art scene, Ai Weiwei conceives sculptures and installations in addition to being known as a photographer, architect and curator. The son of renowned poet Ai Qing who was exiled for 20 years in a labour camp, Ai Weiwei is a keen observer of today’s society. His outputs have become inextricably tied to his daring actions promoting justice and Human Rights.
Ai Weiwei favours the use of traditional materials such as porcelain, jade, marble or precious wood, also resorting to ancient objects to divert them from their common use. The artworks displayed in this exhibition including Tree Trunk (illustration on the left), which is cast in iron, attests to the plenitude of techniques used by this protean artist.
Chinese culture attaches great importance to trees: they are seen as connecting heaven and the underworld. Works from the Tree series have been exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in London and more recently at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, as well as one recently installed in the new wing of Tate Modern.
September 3 – October 8, 2016
Galerie Max Hetzler
57, rue du Temple – 75004 Paris, France
Tel : (+33) 1 57 40 60 80
Opening hours : from Tuesday to Saturday,
from 11am to 7pm
Official website : here
Main illustration : ￼
Ai Weiwei, Tree Trunk, cast iron, 433 x 187 x 130 cm
© Ai Weiwei Studio