Today I went to see the exhibition of Ai Weiwei – ‘according to what’, curated by Brooklyn museum. I don’t really like all of his work, but the following ones are exceptions. For example, this one, themed with ‘moon chest’, is consisted of seven rectangular boxes, each of which has four holes, two on the top on both sides and two in the middle. The positions of holes vary by each box. So if viewing from one hole, you may see a consistent crescent moon shape, it is basically an optical art.
A map of China made of discarded wood.
A device assembled by round stools.
Photos of recording the processing of destroying the porcelain pots that has thousands of history. The processing signifies that many historical antiques have been destroyed in China in past years.
A stool with three legs. Two of the legs lean against the wall. Smart design.
Another stool with four legs. Also very smart design.
This is the piece touches my heart, which is about Wenchuan Earthquake that happened in 2008. As we all know, the fragile construction was the major reason that caused a huge loss of lives in this earthquake (based on the artist, nearly 90k people died). The steel bars here represent those fragile buildings. On the wall there are the names, grades, ages and addresses of 5,000 primary and junior high school students who died in this earthquake. The artist collected all of these names at his own cost. I’m sure you can imagine how much harsh work he paid for this! I don’t think I can even collect a completed contact list of my own friends. Every single life deserves respect regardless how young it is.
The theme for this piece is “River Crab”, which has the same pronunciation with “Harmony” in Chinese. Another smart piece of the artist’s work! If you understand China you shall understand what this means.