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Ai Weiwei at the Tate

October 11, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

I first wrote about this Chinese artist back in August and now he has the honour of the annual Tate Turbine Hall Installation…coincidence…

The work looks amazing from the reviews I have read today and we will be hopefully be going to see it at the weekend. The work comprises of an almost unbelievable 10 million sunflower seeds scattered over a large area of the halls floor.

The seeds refer to a number of things: everyday life, to hunger (the seeds were staple food during the Cultural Revolution), to collective work, and to enduring Chinese industry. But look closely and although they look realistic, each seed is made out of porcelain. And far from being industrially produced, ‘readymade’ or found objects, they have been intricately hand-crafted by hundreds of skilled artisans back in China, and then shipped over like any other commodity.

A wonderful and powerful piece that I look forward very much to seeing soon. The link below is to the Tate’s own minisite with a more thorough explanation:

http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/exhibitions/unileverseries2010/room1.shtm:

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