Ai Weiwei installation “rooted upon” makes Hitler´s big exhibition room look small.
Huge tree trunks placed on a huge soft rug mimicking the old tiles it´s covering up,
on the walls 1001 portraits of 1001 Chinese
that have been invited to the last Documenta in Kassel by Ai Weiwei.
It´s a joy for me to see Ai Weiwei marginalizing Hitlers nazi-architecture.
Ai Weiwei uses historic Chinese furniture, historic pottery to transform them, through a act of will, into art.
Enhanced readymades they could be called. Beautiful pieces, admirably crafted, a reminiscence of cultural wealth being destroyed by mindless modernization.
The huge soft rug, a one to one copy of the marble tiles they are covering, is one of my favorites.
Those tiles are a long time acquaintances of me. Before Weiwei´s replica I wasn´t even conscious about knowing them.
Holztüren und Fenster zerstörter Ming- und Qing-Dynastiehäuser (1368 – 1911)
Construction out of remnants of historic buildings destroyed to make room for urban development.
Ai Weiwei art and his life show, that he values people.
He also values traditional culture, not out of some nostalgic impetus, but because the remnants of the past have to be cherished as a part of our history and our cultural wealth.
At least one question remains for me: Ai Weiwei pasted 1001 portraits on the walls the “Haus der Kunst”. He made a pattern out of individuals. I don´t understand how the value of single human keeps any significance in this kind of uniformity.
It might be that an other piece of him, a big pile of porcelain sunflower seeds, gives the answer. As uniform the seeds look, they are all different, you just have to look close enough.
Just look close enough.