Ai Weiwei: artist-avatar
Contemporary Art | Contemporary prophet whose political activism has captivated western society, Ai Weiwei is at the helm of an array of projects despite being confined to China. And his mastery of social media, essential to international visibility and an unlimited audience, has become his avatar and impacted all communications data. Enter a large-scale strategy.
Ai Weiwei’s retrospective exhibition, Evidence, which began in April 2014 at Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, is the latest in a long line of western exhibitions. Evidence stands out through its sheer size (18 rooms and 3,000 m2) and the fact that the artist, although absent, is omnipresent. Among the pieces and installations specially devised for this event, six full-scale dioramas depict his detention in China; this fibreglass reconstruction, in volume, presented at the 2013 Venice Biennial and […]
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