Ai Weiwei – the german contibution in the french pavilion Venice 2013

Ai Weiwei, Bang, installation view the German contribution in the French pavilion Venice 2013, courtesy of the artist and Gallery neugerriemschneider, Berlin. © Roman Mensing in cooperation with Thorsten Arendt, artdoc.de.

“After returning to Beijing from the U.S., where he had lived from 1981 until 1993, Ai Weiwei began to explore the artistic and cultural traditions of his native country – a pursuit that had previously been banned since the Cultural Revolution. He studied and collected antiques and eventually started integrating them into his own work, which had by then taken on a strongly conceptual aspect. Ai Weiwei not only examined the mechanisms of the international art and antiques markets and the associated export of cultural values and historical knowledge;