Tree, 2010

by

Ai Weiwei

© Ai Weiwei pour l’oeuvre de l’artiste.

Photo Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

 

© Ai Weiwei pour l’oeuvre de l’artiste.

Photo Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

 

© Ai Weiwei pour l’oeuvre de l’artiste.

Photo Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

 

© Ai Weiwei pour l’oeuvre de l’artiste ©

ADAGP, Paris, 2016 pour l’oeuvre de Huang Yong Ping.

Photo Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

© Ai Weiwei. Photo Fondation Louis

Vuitton / Martin Argyroglo

 

"Tree" (2010) is one of a series of trees assembled from fragments of dead wood that are often sold for their decorative qualities.

Putting the pieces together to form a whole draws attention to the ontological quality of the tree as a link between the sky and the subterranean world, past and present. With its joins left visible, Tree can be understood as an allegory of China, where ethnic diversity and identities are disappearing in the face of a standardised urban reality.

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Interview of the Artist

Ai Weiwei talks about "Tree" and his creative process

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Ai Weiwei

Born in 1957, in Beijing (China)
Lives and works in Beijing (China)

Since 1993, Ai Weiwei has become known for his performances, architectural creations, photographs and militant activities, particularly through his blog.
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