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,

“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;

the official catalog of Germany’s pavilion at the Venice Biennale festival of art 2013


We are pleased to announce the upcoming release of the official publication of the German Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia 2013!

Edited by curator Susanne Gaensheimer, the 240-page, cloth-bound catalogue will be available as of May 28, 2013 and is published by Gestalten, Berlin.

Eleven international authors—curators, artists, collectors, and critics as well as scholars from the fields of art history, politics, migration research, philosophy, and cultural studies—were invited to take part in this interdisciplinary discussion on cultural and sociopolitical aspects of the German contribution to this year’s Biennale di Venezia.

Ai Weiwei – Interlacing in Sao Paulo

From February 7 to April 14, 2013 the Museu da Imagem e do Som (MIS) Sao Paulo is presenting the exhibition Interlacing by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Curated by Urs Staehl, Interlacing was developed as a coproduction by the Fotomuseum Winterthur and the Jeu de Paume, Paris. The exhibition was also on view at Kunsthaus Graz. As the first major photography and video exhibition of the artist’s work, Interlacing brings together a range of photographic documentation to convey a complex image of the “artist as network.”

The exhibition catalogue was published in 2011 by Steidl.