Ai Weiwei, ‘Fairytale - 1001 Chairs’, 2007, Phillips

The most important aspect of Fairytale is each participant’s personal experience identity, and imagination - these are irreplaceable. - Ai Weiwei

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This work is accompanied by a gallery certificate of authenticity.


Documenta 12, Kassel (2007)

"Ai Weiwei In The Chapel"

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield (2014)

C. Merewether, Ai Weiwei: Under Construction, Sydney, 2008, p. 124 (another example illustrated)
K. Smith, H.U. Obrist and B. Fibicher, Ai Weiwei, London, 2009, pp. 39-41 (another example illustrated)
M. Siemons and A. Weiwei, Ai Weiwei, New York, 2009, pp.46 and 115 (another example illustrated)
Ai Weiwei, exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2015, pp. 80-81 (another example illustrated)

Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne
Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Ai Weiwei

A cultural figure of international renown, Ai Weiwei is an activist, architect, curator, filmmaker, and China’s most famous artist. Open in his criticism of the Chinese government, Ai was famously detained for months in 2011, then released to house arrest. “I don’t see myself as a dissident artist,” he says. “I see them as a dissident government!” Some of Ai’s best known works are installations, often tending towards the conceptual and sparking dialogue between the contemporary world and traditional Chinese modes of thought and production. For Sunflower Seeds (2010) at the Tate Modern, he scattered 100 million porcelain “seeds” handpainted by 1,600 Chinese artisans—a commentary on mass consumption and the loss of individuality. His infamous Coca Cola Vase (1994) is a Han Dynasty urn emblazoned with the ubiquitous soft-drink logo. Ai also served as artistic consultant on the design of the “Bird’s Nest” stadium for Beijing’s 2008 Olympics, and has curated pavilions and museum exhibitions around the globe.

Chinese, b. 1957, Beijing, China, based in Beijing, China

Exhibition Highlights

Copenhagen ,
Ai Weiwei: Soleil Levant