Ai Weiwei's daily concerns and experiences with China's cultural and historical space of reference and today's political and social developments in his homeland constitute key elements of this work. He attempts to reach the very essence of China's traditional cultural production. By appropriating and changing the historically shaped cultural languages and their forms and contents, Ai Weiwei often consciously destroys and reconstructs them–thus expanding the contemporary contexts in which the cultural and aesthetic use of materials and meanings are constituted. His most recent wood and porcelain series is about a new understanding of traditional cultural forms and aesthetic processes.
JRP|Editions - Anthologies & Art Theory
The documenta project reader (texts by Daniel Birnbaum, Roger M. Buergel, Raphael Gygax, Christian Höller, Catherine Wood...).
JRP|Editions - Bureau des Videos (DVD)
JRP|Editions - Monographs
This reference monograph on Ai Weiwei's work offers an overview of and an in-depth reflection on the artist's most vibrant and celebrated projects.