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Art April, 29 2011

Berlin Gallery Weekend | Ai WeiWei – Rock and Tree

One of the highlights of Berlin’s Gallery Weekend 2011 is for sure the showcase of Chinese artist Ai WeiWei. At the gallery space at neugerriemschneider in Berlin, the artist is showing this week two new pieces of works, entitled ‘Rock’ and ‘Tree’. While the artist is still being detained by Chinese authorities, this exhibition is even more relevant. Amnesty International supporters lined up in front of the gallery, which also put up a massive “Where Is Ai WeiWei” sign on their building.

His two works shown at the gallery were executed using ancient Chinese handcraft traditions. The porcelain stones were made in the Chinese city of Jingdezhen, where porcelain production originates. They surround two trees that have been built from fallen trunks collected in the moutaineous regions of southern China. The tree fragments have been interlocked using a classic Chinese techniques. Together the installation of the works calls to mind a traditional Chinese garden.

The exhibition runs until June 4th, 2011.

Gallery Space at neugerriemschneider
Linienstrasse 155
Berlin
Germany

Photography: Curated Magazine

Many more images of the new Ai WeiWei works follow after the jump.

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