An eclectic artist who works in a number of fields, Ai Wei founded "Fake design" architectural studios in 2003 and is currently working on the 2012 Serpentine Gallery pavilion in London with Herzog & de Meuron.
The exhibition focuses on his vast production of ceramics, with a number of works created in 2006 in Jingdezhen, the city symbolising Chinese ceramics.
The artist and architect?s studies of the techniques of the local craftspeople in Jingdezhen marks a turning point in his production, with works that draw on the Chinese tradition of imitating natural shapes with flawless finishes.
The exhibition at the Lisson Gallery in Milan focuses on sculptures created entirely by hand by Ai Weiwei , excluding his ready-mades, in which the artist destroys ancient vases and urns, paints them and adapts them as he wishes.
Title: Ai Weiwei
Location: Lisson Gallery Milan, Milan Italy
Dates: April 12 – May 25 2012
Illustrations: Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery
Ai Weiwei, Watermelon, 2006 - Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery
Ai Weiwei, Marble Plate, 2009 - Photo credit: Ai Weiwei
Ai Weiwei, Pillars, 2006 - Installation and photo credit: Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria
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Ai Weiwei, Coloured Vases, 2010 - Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery
Ai Weiwei, Marble Chair, 2008 - Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery
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Ai Weiwei, Marble Doors, 2006 - Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery
Ai Weiwei, Surveillance Camera, 2006 - Credit Lisson Gallery - Courtesy the artist
Ai Weiwei, Untitled and Divina Proportione, 2010 - Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery
Ai Weiwei, Coffin, 2005 - Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery