Ai Weiwei's Unilever Series commission, Sunflower Seeds, is a beautiful, poignant and thought-provoking sculpture. The thinking behind the work lies in far more than just the idea of walking on it. The precious nature of the material, the effort of production and the narrative and personal content create a powerful commentary on the human condition.
It is difficult to gauge whether Ai Weiwei anticipated the initial impact of the large-scale commission Sunflower Seeds (2010) in the gray volume of Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. For many among its audience, the installation—a vast field of life-size porcelain seeds—appeared from a distance to be made not of real husks but of carefully raked gravel or chippings.
Hundreds of video questions are added to the site each day. Here are Ai Weiwei’s answers to the questions he is asked most regularly. To find out more about Ai Weiwei and Sunflower Seeds, you can read the curator’s text or watch a video of the seeds being made. 1.Kui Hua Zi (Sunflower Seeds) is an art installation created by contemporary artist and political activist Ai Weiwei.It was first exhibited at the Tate Modern art gallery in London from October 2010 to May 2011. It is a commentary on the mass production techniques that China caters to Western Countries.Ai became widely known in Britain after his sunflower seeds installation in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in 2010 but this is the first major institutional survey of his work ever held in the UK and it bridges over two decades of his extraordinary career. Curated in collaboration with Ai Weiwei from his studio in Beijing, we present some of his most important works from the time he returned to.
He won acclaim in Britain for his Sunflower Seeds installation in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern in London in 2010. In 2011, Mr Ai was arrested in Beijing and detained for three months on.Read More
Ai Weiwei is one of the best known artists working today. View Ai Weiwei’s 534 artworks on artnet. Find an in-depth biography, exhibitions, original artworks for sale, the latest news, and sold auction prices. See available sculpture, prints and multiples, and photographs for sale and learn about the artist.Read More
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Ai Weiwei knows how to make big, sparkly things, installations that wow with bright lights and grandiose scale. But this is not one of these, and it is all the better for it. In recent years, with.Read More
He also exhibited Sunflower Seeds (October, 2010) in the Turbine Hall in the Tate Modern. In this work, Weiwei filled the floor of the huge hall with one hundred million porcelain seeds, each individually hand-painted in the town of Jingdezhen by 1,600 Chinese artisans. Participants were encouraged to walk over the exhibited space (or even roll in the work) in order to experience the ideas of.Read More
What do you most admire about Ai Weiwei as an artist? I admire his courage, integrity, determination and social conscience. The work of his that I most admire is Sunflower Seeds (2010). That expanse of small, hard, identical-looking grey seeds in Tate Modern’s austere Turbine Hall was able to conjure images in my mind of beautiful fields of yellow sunflowers in China’s remote grasslands.Read More
Ai Weiwei, Kui Hua Zi (Sunflower Seeds), 2010, one hundred million hand painted porcelain seeds (Tate Modern, London) Though each of the 100 million carefully crafted individual seeds can draw the viewer’s attention, once arranged together in a neat rectangle, or covering the floor of an entire room, the hyper-realistic seeds create a sense of vastness.Read More
Ai Weiwei's work had the normal 'wow' factor of a turbine hall installation. On first glance I appreciated the democratisation of the gallery experience (especially for children). Then I watched the video and was utterly blown away by the process he undertook in making the work. Ai Weiwei is a sensitive and intelligent artist - the work is beautiful and will stay in my memory for a long time.Read More
A tribute to Ai Weiwei, inspired by his installation, “Sunflower Seeds”. Ai Weiwei’s portrait was created out of 100,000 or 7kgs of sunflower seeds in an old alleyway in Shanghai. It was curious to observe how none of the passersby knew who he was, likely because there is no mention of him in local Chinese media. Scroll gallery backwards Scroll gallery forwards. Aurora Butterfly Lovers.Read More