Controversial Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei recently unveiled his largest solo exhibition to date at Martin-Gropius-Bau museum in Berlin, tellingly calling it EVIDENCE. Expansive and curious, the exhibition extends over 3000 square metres and 18 rooms, with a central installation called ‘Stools’ in which 6000 wooden stools, found in rural China, stand as thought provoking sentinels.
Ai Weiwei is known for his political exhibitions and this is absolute in ‘Evidence’. Created in his simple studio in the rural outskirts of Beijing, it was, in his usual fashion, brought to an international audience without the man himself accompanying it (political issues in his home country – well documented in the film by Alison Klayman, ‘Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry’ –means he is unable to travel outside of China). The show runs until July 7, 2014.
“Modernism is the original creation of enlightened human beings, it is the ultimate observation of the meaning of existence and the misery of reality; it keeps a wary eye on society and power; it never makes compromises and never cooperates.”
Ai Weiwei 1997 (quoted from “Ai Weiwei – Der verbotene Blog”, Galiani: Berlin, 2011)