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Ai Weiwei

For his third solo exhibition with Lisson Gallery, Ai Weiwei has created a monumental new installation of bicycles as part of an ongoing series, ‘Forever’, as well as a number of hand-carved, domestic-scale copies – in various materials including wood, stainless steel and crystal – of some highly personal objects. These include: a marble recreation of his father’s armchair; two sets of humble cosmetics bottles fashioned from jade; various handmade facsimiles of coat-hangers and pairs of handcuffs; as well as the window handles taken from Beijing taxis, which appear to be readymades, only remade in clear glass.

Although some of the sculptures in this show relate to his secret detention of 2011 – during which he spent 81 days accompanied only by his interrogators and the scant furnishings of his cell – the overall impression is of Ai’s life as it was before and currently is in Beijing, confined as he is to his native China. The formative influence and example of Marcel Duchamp, as an artistic hero of Ai’s discovered during his period living in New York from 1983–93, also looms large.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was really interesting and met some nice people

    1 · July 12, 2014

    • MJY (Michael Y.

      Hi, Yenz. Be pleased to. Just let me have an email address.

      July 13, 2014

    • MJY (Michael Y.

      Probably could be done through this meetup page but as I haven't yet figured out how. send it to me at [masked]

      July 13, 2014

  • simon

    loved the bonus Richard Long show!

    1 · July 12, 2014

  • richard

    went to this but did not know who was part of the meet up

    July 12, 2014

    • Sabina A.

      Hi Richard that's why I always my number, so it's easy to call or text and locate us. We stayed together for the most part, so I'm sorry you couldn't find us - hopefully next time!

      July 12, 2014

  • YenzXYZ

    went to the Gallery earlier..around 11.30. I left around 12, after I went through the rooms. Well, probably next time. Looking forward to it!

    July 12, 2014

    • Sabina A.

      Sorry we missed you, hope you enjoyed the visit!

      July 12, 2014

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