Ai Weiwei – Dropping the Evidence bomb on China in Berlin

Never ending Cycle

Never ending Cycle

In years to come Ai Weiwei will be seen as one of the most important artists, not just in this generation but in any generation. His influence and impact are felt on so many different levels and through his strong political statements and his ongoing battles against his oppression at the hands of his own nation’s government.

Gas mask in marble

Gas mask in marble

Weiwei is a clever man clearly and the mediums he use to speak to the wider world as well as his fellow countryman allows him to inject very blatant signposts as well as very subtle nuances, allowing the audience to really understand his work but to also take their own meaning from it.

Stool sample

Stool sample

IOUs to cover evasion fine

IOUs to cover evasion fine

The scale and variety at his latest exhibition in Berlin at the Martin Gropius Bau is something to behold, from video, to music, to everyday items, to antiques, to debris from disasters. His show ‘Evidence’ gives a visual representation to what he has experienced in recent years and how his views and the Chinese government’s attempts to censor them have been dealt with, from his own incarceration, to his tax avoidance ‘fine’ to his investigations into those killed in disasters in his homeland. There is a exact copy of the cell in which he was kept 24 hours a day, watched by two guards at all time, for 81 days until international pressure meant he was released.

A Weiwei message

A Weiwei message

There is also a look back in time to the history of China and the secret cities created. The entire collection is something quite extraordinary, the scale alone is awesome but also the emotion transmitted through each piece is very potent.

Animal heads in gold

Animal heads in gold

Ancient vases in commercial car paint

Ancient vases in commercial car paint

If you can not make Berlin then a survey of Ai WeiWei is showing at the Lisson gallery now until July 16

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StandardFact in Berlin – Don’t Call it a Comeback

It has been 3 months (give or take) since the SF towers have had anything worthwhile to report. London was cold and bleak, the mac had given up the ghost and a general lackadaisical air had descended upon the SF blog.

A bit of German love

A bit of German love

A change of scenery, an injection of newness, an electricity which can only be born from jacking it all in, bidding farethewell to friend and loved ones, walking in to work one day and quitting, giving away loads of clothes and trainers, renting out your flat, and booking a one way ticket to Berlin. Well if it is good enough for Bowie and Iggy Pop then who are we argue?

So from here on in the focus is a much more German feel with small sojourns to Paris, London, Amsterdam, Brussels and beyond.

In the first 3 days of SF in BLN we hit a Ru Paul inspired drag show at Südblock, then went to Sprüth Magers, then to Hercules and the Love Affair, followed by park walks and then on to Nine Inch Nails in a deserted castle.

Stay tuned! Viel Spaß

H&LA

H&LA

NIN - Liked it even if it was just the artwork

NIN – Liked it even if it was just the artwork