In 2008 Ai Weiwei made headlines for his quest to recover the truth about the number of student casualties after the Sichuan earthquake in China. His citizen’s investigation collected the names of all the victims, uncovering the truth about Chinese government’s corruption in hiding the actual facts. In 2011 Ai Weiwei was incarcerated for 81-days for his involvement in the investigation. After the quake 150 tons of steel rebar were recovered and straightened from the schools that collapsed. His rolling landscape installation (6×12 m) called Straight, at the Zuecca Project Space, for sure set some things straight.



At first it seems confusing, German pavilion, Chinese artist, French pavilion. The German contribution at the 55th Biennale in Venice is an installation by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in the French pavilion. Ai Weiwei has assembled 886 three-legged wooden stools. The stool was manufactured by a uniform method and was in use throughout China for centuries. Every family had at least one stool and was passed on from generation to generation. After the Cultural Revolution, aluminium and plastic have superseded wood as the standard material for furniture. The tree-legged wooden stool is slowly but surely disappearing.

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After seeing Ai Weiwei’s Sunflower Seeds at the Tate Modern, I know I shouldn’t believe anything I see.