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Ai Weiwei – Forever

Design | June 17, 2014 |

Ai Weiwei - ForeverAi Weiwei, Forever, 2013. Image courtesy of Lisson Gallery

Ai Weiwei – Forever 

On the occasion of the 14th International Architecture Biennale in Venice, curated this year by Rem Koolhaas, the Lisson Gallery and Berengo Studio present an exhibition of sculpture and installation that goes beyond the museum or gallery space, addressing instead the complex spheres of the public realm and the built environment. As part of Lisson Gallery‘s Genius Loci – Spirit of Place, Ai Weiwei has assembled a monumental new installation of conjoined stainless steel bicycles as part of an ongoing series, “Forever“.

Ai Weiwei - ForeverAi Weiwei, Forever, 2013. Image courtesy of Lisson Gallery

Ai’s groupings of stainless-steel bikes – configured in different modular shapes and layers of geometrically stacked structures – refer to the famous “Forever” brand of bicycles that have been mass-manufactured in Shanghai since 1940. Once ubiquitous, this classic marque and indeed the perceived profusion of pushbikes on Beijing streets are now steadily dying out, to be replaced by smog-emitting cars on clogged highways and six-lane ring roads.

Ai Weiwei - ForeverAi Weiwei, Forever, 2013. Image courtesy of Lisson Gallery

Forever Bicycles” is a ten-meter high, cavernous structure built from 1,179 bikes, located in the riverside courtyard of the Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti, and will be on display until November 23, 2014. The exhibition is curated by Greg HiltyCuratorial DirectorLisson Gallery and the initiative is conceived by Patrizia SpadaforaDirector of Berengo Foundation. The title is taken from the Latin term genius loci, used to describe the particular essence or spirit of a place.

more. http://aiweiwei.com/ | www.lissongallery.com | www.berengo.com | www.palazzofranchetti.it | www.labiennale.org

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