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26 May 2011

Ai Weiwei at Fotomuseum Winterthur

Photo: Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei - Interlacing
Fotomuseum Winterthur


Opening: Friday, 27 May 2011, from 6 pm till 9 pm. At 7 pm, the exhibition will be introduced by Urs Stahel
AI WEIWEI – Interlacing 28 May till 21 August 2011
(Main Gallery & Gallery)
Opening times of Fotomuseum Winterthur:
Tue-Sun 11 am to 6 pm, Wed 11 am to 8 pm


+41 52 234 10 60

Fotomuseum Winterthur
Grüzenstrasse 44 + 45
8400 Winterthur

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AI WEIWEI – Interlacing

Ai Weiwei, born in 1957, the son of the poet Ai Qing, is a generalist, a conceptual, socially critical artist dedicated to creating friction with, and forming reality. As an architect, conceptual artist, sculptor, photographer, blogger, Twitterer, interview artist, and cultural critic, he is a sensitive observer of current topics and social problems: a great communicator and networker who brings life into art and art into life. For many years Ai Weiwei has been deliberately confronting social conditions in China and in the world: Through photographically documenting the architectonic clear-cutting of Beijing in the name of progress, with provocative measurements of the world, with radical cuts in the past in order to create possibilities for the present and the future, and with his tens of thousands of blog entries, blog photographs, and cell phone photographs (along with many other artistic declarations). This first, large exhibition and book project of his photography and videos focuses on Ai Weiwei's diversity, complexity, and connectedness, his 'interlacing' and 'networking.'
Every society on Earth needs outstanding unique figures like Ai Weiwei in order to stay awake, to be shaken awake, to be made to recognize their own obstinacy, and to be able to avoid tunnel vision. We are therefore deeply saddened that the completion of this exhibition coincides with Ai Weiwei's arrest. We are extremely concerned about the artist. And we wish that this great thinker, designer, and fighter will remain a resistant public voice for all of us – and especially for China.

The main sponsors of this exhibition are Wegelin & Co. Private Bankers and the George Foundation.

Urs Stahel.

There are various events accompanying the exhibition:

And there is also a comprehensive English book:
Ai Weiwei – Interlacing, ed. by Urs Stahel / Daniela Janser, Steidl Verlag Göttingen. 432 pages, ca. 600 images. With essays by Carol Yinghua Lu, Daniela Janser, Urs Stahel and Philip Tinari. Price: CHF 45 / EUR 40