Members of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei‘s team have set up the installation “Stools”, made up of 6,000 stools in the atrium of the Martin-Gropius-Bau exhibition hall in Berlin, on Friday, March 28. The installation is part of the “Evidence” exhibition — Ai Weiwei’s largest one-man exhibition so far. Spanning 9,800 feet and 18 rooms, he will display works and installations specially designed for the venue. The rest of the exhibition items are yet to be disclosed.
The show runs from April 3 to July 7, 2014 and last week, Ai Weiwei posted online this video in which he politely asked Chinese authorities to return his passport in order to get to Berlin for the exhibition opening. And yes, he is trapped in Beijing without a permit to leave the country.
According to Art Scene, “Ai Weiwei has invited China’s most influential man to come and visit his Berlin exhibition. The artist suggests that Xi’s trip to Germany is a good opportunity to have a look at his art. In addition, Ai claims they are both 56 years old, share a similar family background, and their fathers are even said to having been friends for some time.”
Ai Weiwei still faces opposition from Chinese authorities, but has a lot of support from the international community.
By Andreea Dragut
[Photos by Hölzerne Hocker, © Ai Weiwei via Art Scene]