martes, 10 de enero de 2012

#books #architecture | Ai Weiwei : art - architecture

Ai Weiwei : art-architecture : [exposición] / [herausgeber-editor, Yilmaz Dziewior]
Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz : cop. 2011.
196 p. : il. col., planos
Texto en alemán e inglés
ISBN 9783863350413
Biblioteca Sbc Aprendizaje A-72 AI AIW

Since constructing his own studio in 1999, the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has designed or collaborated with other architects on a wide range of architectural projects. These collaborations were the subject of Ai Weiwei: Art/Architecture, a 2011 exhibition at the Kunsthaus Bregenz in Austria, which this catalogue accompanies. A highlight of this overview is the widely celebrated "Bird's Nest" Beijing National Stadium, a collaboration between Ai and the Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron that was constructed for the 2008 Olympic Games. Another feature is a new work based on a project titled "Ordos 10" for which Ai invited 100 young architectural firms worldwide to design single-family houses for Ordos City in Inner Mongolia. An essay in the catalogue examines the role of architecture in relation to Ai's political activities, an issue of particular relevance since his arrest and conditional release in 2011.

Architecture has become a discipline within the artist’s creative work by means of which, over and above the visual arts, he is able to develop a physical and lasting effect on society. The art and architectural historian Andres Lepik explores this aspect of Ai Weiwei’s work in his essay. Reto Geiser elucidates the architectural projects and examines the role of architecture in relation to Ai Weiwei’s political activities. A further contribution by Yilmaz Dziewior presents the Kunsthaus Bregenz exhibition, its conception, and its arrangement as designed by Ai Weiwei, accompanied by numerous installation shots of the exhibition.

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