AI WEIWEI – Lisson Gallery Milano

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A Milano la prima personale di Ai Weiwei, artista cinese e rappresentante dell’opposizione al regime di Pechino.

Fino al 25 maggio gli spazi della Lisson Gallery ospitano le opere in ceramica e marmo di questo poliedrico artista, nei suoi lavori si può apprezzare al tempo stesso il rispetto verso la lunga tradizione e una grande capacità di proiettarsi nella contemporaneità mantenendo una costante consapevolezza sociale e politica.

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Ricordato spesso per una delle sue opere più imponenti, Sunflower Seeds, un’istallazione di milioni di minuscoli semi in ceramica ricoprivano la Turbine hall della Tate Modern, Ai Weiwei presenta a Milano delle opere nello stesso materiale, realizzate manualmente.

Le sue opere sono leggere e vitali, rivelano una speciale armonia tra presente e passato oltre alla maestria tecnica della lavorazione della ceramica e porcellana a confronto con la perfezione delle forme della natura. Ne sono un esempio le opere Watermelons e Oil Spill, in ceramica nera lucida per ricreare pozze di petrolio che sembrano macchiare il pavimento della galleria.

Completa la mostra l’installazione Marble Plate, un’opera a metà tra design e readymade in cui l’artista si confronta con una nuova superficie: il marmo.

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Pensatore critico e testimone attivo dell’emancipazione cinese è sorvegliato giorno e notte dalla polizia di Pechino. Ai Weiwei, con un gesto ironico ha deciso di installare in casa quattro webcam accese 24 ore su 24 perchè tutti possano controllare online le sue azioni. Questo è solo l’ultimo dei tanti che hanno contrassegnato la lunga e turbolenta carriera dell’artista diventato simbolo della dissidenza al regime.

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Ai Weiwei
Lisson Gallery

Via Zenale, 3
12 aprile – 25 maggio 2012

da lunedì a venerdì, dalle 9.30 alle 13.00 e dalle 15.00 alle 18.00

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Lisson Gallery Milan is proud to announce an exhibition of ceramic and marble works by Ai Weiwei, focusing on an area of his boundless practice that has produced many of his best known works.
The exhibition will include a number of ceramics made by Ai Weiwei in 2006 during an intensive working residency in Jingdezhen, the heartland of Chinese ceramic production. The traditional techniques passed on to Ai Weiwei by local craftsmen sparked a radical new direction for the artist and were the genesis of his Sunflowers Seeds installation at Tate Modern. The historical and cultural significance of the materials and techniques Ai Weiwei uses are an essential element of almost all his sculptures. Much of his work with ceramics has involved readymades: adapting, painting and destroying valuable ancient urns and vases. In contrast the exhibition at Lisson focuses on sculptures he has created by hand from scratch. Porcelain is traditionally seen as the highest Chinese art form; Ai Weiwei has long challenged this reverence and the high financial values attached to the medium. Still his work shows deference to the craftsman of Jingdezhen and their skills, meeting the same exacting standards in their perfect finish.
Watermelons (2006) works are handcrafted, ceramic, realist representations of the natural object. As with Sunflower Seeds, the pieces are made following a Chinese tradition of mimicking organic forms. In a similar vein, Oil Spill (2006) replicates in glistening black ceramic, ominous puddles of crude oil trailing across the gallery floor. The porcelain Pillar (2006) stands 2.3 metres tall in the space and Marble Plate (2010) represents Ai Weiwei’s recent work outside the medium of ceramics.

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Ai Weiwei was born in 1957 in Beijing, China, where he lives and works. He is one of the leading cultural figures of his generation and consistently displays great courage in placing himself at risk to affect social change through his art. He serves as an example for legitimate social criticism and free expression both in China and internationally. Previous solo exhibitions include Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2011) Lisson Gallery, London (2011); Somerset House,
London (2011); Kunsthaus Bregenz (2011); Stiftung DKM, Duisburg (2010); Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland (2010); Arcadia University Gallery, Glenside (2010); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2009); Haus der Kunst, Munich (2009); Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing (2009); Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Cambelltown Arts Center, Sydney (2008); Groninger Museum, Groningen (2008). Group exhibitions include the São Paulo Biennial (2010); Biennale Architecture, Venice (2008); Documenta 12, Kassel (2007) and Tate Liverpool (2007).

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