Saturday, January 3, 2015

Went into BCN yesterday to the Ai Weiwei exhibit.

I've seen quite a few of them (Ai Weiwei exhibits that is), and there is always a certain repetition, but it is also always interesting, he is so prolific (he has lots of people who help him produce too, in the spirit of most of the old Masters as well)

Anyway, here's a couple of shots:

He does a lot of plays on words, which needs some explanation as they are plays on Chinese words.  This is basically how to say F*** You and his country in marble over and over and over again.

Graphic design made into wallpaper commenting on his, and china as a whole's, state of surveillance.

This was very cool.....not because it was art, cause it wasn't really, but because it's his actual table and chairs from his studio and you can sit in it and put your feet up on the table!  Well, he is all about irreverence and sharing, so really, no one could complain.  We did wipe it off afterwards too.

Very cool chairs, Quin dynasty, or in the style of.

From a video of the destruction of his studio in China.  The authorities decided to destroy it 20 days after it was finished.

Ai Weiwei filming the destruction.

The giant pneumatic drills looked like birds, or enormous dinosaurs.

Speaking of dinos, didn't even know this existed, must go there.

Wandering back, we went by this cool building

and looking up

and this one too!


Anonymous said...

Wonderful pictures! Love the chairs.

Charlotte's husband looks like Ai Weiwei.


I change into my old-lady Turkish pants.

Anonymous said...

Isn't that a twitter bird on that wallpaper? :)

oreneta said...

Wow...not sure Charlotte would be that happy with the comment...he's distinctive anyway but not necessarily the most svelt and sexy guy on the planet.

ElP, yes, that is the twitter bird on the wallpaper, he had it designed, he uses social media tremendously in his bid to comment on China's very high level of control on him and on social media...hence the surveillance cameras and the handcuffs.....