Louisiana Contemporary: Ai Weiwei
The Chinese artist Ai Weiwei (b. 1957 in Beijing) participated in the Louisiana’s exhibition Made in China in 2008. In the autumn of 2011, however, he will be back, this time in the leading role in the exhibition series "Louisiana Contemporary" with works created for the occasion. Ai Weiwei was one of the central figures in the early Chinese avant-garde movement, among other things founding the artist’s group “Stars” in 1978. Today he is the Chinese artist who has achieved the greatest international recognition. He participated for example in Dokumenta 12 Kassel in 2007, and up to 2008, with the architects Herzog & Meuron, he planned the 2008 Olympic Stadium “Bird’s Nest” in Beijing.
Most recently he has aroused attention with an installation at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in London. The project involves millions of individually designed sunflower seeds in porcelain. Together they form what is almost a sea or a garden spread over a large area, thematizing the idea of the individual in relation to the incalculably many.