Ai Weiwei (B. 1957)
Table and Beam
table and beam from the Qing Dynasty
181 1/8 x 35 3/8 x 63in. (460 x 90 x 160cm.)
Executed in 2002
Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne.
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
C. Merewether, Ai Weiwei: Under Construction, exh. cat., Campbelltown, Campbelltown Arts Centre, 2008, no. 16 (illustrated in colour, p.17).
K. Smith, H. U. Obrist and B. Fibicher, Ai Weiwei, London 2009 (illustrated in colour, p. 57).
Munich, Haus der Kunst, Ai Weiwei. So Sorry, 2009-2010, p. 75 (illustrated, p. 74).
Sale room notice
Please note that the table and beam are from the Qing dynasty and not the Ming dynasty.

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Lot Essay

‘All humanity lives according to certain immutable conditions of life and of society. That has always been so. Artists should always aim to challenge these whenever the opportunity arises’

(A. Weiwei, quoted in ‘Where Architect Fear to Tread’, in Art India, December 2007, p.58)

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