One of the main reasons why I love New York is because of all the amazing art and artist. A couple of weeks back I went to see the Chinese artist / Political Activist AiWeiwei , According to What? at the Brooklyn Museum . The exhibits were awesome and the messages were very clear. A lot of the pieces dated from theQing Dynasty. (1644-1911) and most of the stills were mainly used from life. I loved the stories each piece told and how the break down of the actual craftsmanship is presented. The main print I went for was “The Names of the Student Earthquake Victims
Names of the Student Earthquake Victims Founded by the Citizens’ Investigation , 2008-11
Behind me is Black and White photo (Names of the Student Earthquake Victims Founded by the Citizens’Investigation , 2008-11) In Front of me is (Wenchuan Steel Rebar , 2008-12)
Names , year ,age and sex of each student
” it was a black and white print created When Ai put together the Citizens ‘ Investigation Project . The goal was to compile a list of all the children who died in the collapsed school houses. The list , which records the name , year,class and sex of each victim , has grown to include over 5,000 names . The Investigation continues.
The installment in front of me is called Wenchuan Steel Rebar , 2008 -12 Ai Weiwei uses rebar recovered from the rubble of collapsed school houses in Sichuan following in the 2008 earthquake. these pieces touched me the most because as a preschool teacher and a human being it would destroy me inside to come to school one day only to discover all of my babies had been taken away by such a horrific tragedy . I honestly was blown away to see each installment together in person . I could never know the pain these families went through but , through these amazing pieces they live on .
The Exhibit even had a lot fun areas and lots of beautiful installations that were whimsical and very creative .
Moon Chest 2008 7 chest in Chinese quince (huali) wood showing every phase of the Moon .
Grapes ,2010 40 antique wooden stools from the Quing Dynasty (1644-1911)
Teahouse, 2009 Houses literally compressed of tea
top row of pictures (Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn, 1995/2009) bottom Han Dynasty Vases dipped in industrial paint
Bowl of Pearls, 2006
Another Phase in the Moon Chest
He Xie, 2010
Walking around seeing everything was so breath-taking and full of emotion and the promise of breaking through as you continue on you also are quickly reminded of why Ai Weiwei is a Political Activist with pictures and literature showing and visually illustrating his journey dealing with Chinese authorities .
Ai Weiwei in the Elevator When taken into Custody by the Police , 2009
Brain Inflation ,2009
Overall between ground breaking architecture , cause and a wonderful story … Ai Weiwei at the Brooklyn Museum was something i’m so glad i didn’t miss ! . SO! Ladies and gents if you’re looking for a little culture , art and a celebration of being out of the box please check this exhibit out!
AS always Dolly! xoxo