Ai Weiwei: Tyre
Galerie Forsblom February 5–March 26, 2017
Opening on February 4 at 1pm–5pm
Karlavägen 9, 11424 Stockholm
We are excited to announce the opening of our Stockholm gallery with Tyre, an exhibition by the renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. The viewer will encounter works that oscillate between the rich iconography of Chinese history, contemporary expressions, and artistic predecessors and collaborators. The exhibition mirrors injustice as well as hope in contemporary society.
In Ai Weiwei’s artistry, visual representations are closely linked to the dealings of the activist. The boldness, often associated with significant artistries, extends through Ai Weiwei to include the necessary bravery of those dedicated to fight injustice. The artworks in the exhibition revolve around the pre-conditions and problems that emerged in the fracture between ancient Chinese history and the Maoist Cultural Revolution. Against this backdrop they highlight contemporary issues such as the refugees' journey across the Mediterranean escaping the horrors of the ongoing war in Syria. In reworking ancient artifacts or through modeling sculptures with great sensitivity towards classical techniques, Ai Weiwei creates a distillate of historical and contemporary aesthetics where iconoclasm and reverence converge. All while the artist, endowed with critical perspective as well as extreme elegance, makes comments on contemporary political matters and global commerce.
With profound knowledge and insight in modernist and contemporary movements, Ai Weiwei effortlessly moves from film, photography and sculpture to architectural and curatorial works. Always present is his sharp sense for political and ideological impact. His artistry works as an instrument of change through extensive exhibitions and digital tools – all in the effort to instill hope and courage and to, really, make the world a better place.
Ai Weiwei was born in Beijing in 1957. He studied at the Beijing Film Academy, and at Parsons School of Design in New York. Ai Weiwei has exhibited extensively at museums and institutions such as HAM - Helsinki Art Museum, Royal Academy of Arts in London, Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C., Tate Modern in London and at Haus der Kunst in München.