Now at D.C.’s Hirshhorn Museum: Ai Weiwei
In the foreground is Ai Weiwei’s “Colored Vases.” In the background are the photos that make up “Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn” / Photo by Joe Newman
There’s a fabulous exhibit of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s work at Washington, D.C.’s Hirshhorn Museum running through Feb. 24. I had a chance to stop by the gallery recently for an event and did a quick run through.
The exhibit is titled “According to What” and has examples of Weiwei’s sculpture, photography and multi-media work. According to the Hirshhorn:
Many of his works employ simple forms and methods that evoke and play with notions of conceptual and Minimal art, while others manipulate traditional furniture, ancient pottery, and daily objects in ways that question cultural values and political authority. More recent works address his ongoing investigation into the aftermath of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake as well as his detention and continual surveillance by Chinese authorities. In each piece, Ai emphasizes the value and place of the individual within society.