Ai Weiwei returns to Switzerland for extensive exhibition of his latest works

Ai Weiwei is undoubtedly one of the most significant and
influential artists of the last decade – his work celebrated on
a global scale.

In a new exhibition, he returns to Switzerland, where Bernard
Fibicher, director of the Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de
Lausanne curates at mcb-a. For this show, Ai Weiwei is throwing
a party, with works spilling out of the exhibition rooms into
the Palais de Rumine’s public spaces and the museums of
archaeology and history, zoology, geology, and money, as well
as the State and University Library.

Running until 28 January 2018, the exhibition Ai Weiwei:
D’ailleurs c’est toujours les autres is bringing together more
than 40 items dating from 1995 up to the present: works in
porcelain, wood, marble, jade, crystal, bamboo, and silk,
together with wallpaper, photographs and videos, all testifying
to the rich variety of the artist’s work and his profound
knowledge of his country’s cultural heritage.

At the same time, in a playful or iconoclastic way, he
rechannels his traditional motifs, methods and materials into a
critique, overt or covert, of the Chinese political system. His
most recent works bear on the troubling complexity of
international matters including economic dependency and refugee
flows.

The mcb-a event promises to be a true all-rounder: a remarkable
visual artist, an encyclopedic mind, a gifted transmitter of
ideas and a man coming to grips with the major issues of
today’s world.

For more information visit
www.mcba.ch
.

Main image: With Wind, 2014, bamboo and silk, approx. 240 x
5000 cm. © Studio Ai Weiwei

 Flower Plate, 2014, hand-painted porcelain, 47 x 47 x 7 cm Et Study of Perspective, 1995 - 2011, 40 b / w photos and color © Studio Ai Weiwei

Flower Plate, 2014, hand-painted porcelain, 47 x 47 x 7 cm Et
Study of Perspective, 1995 – 2011, 40 b / w photos and color ©
Studio Ai Weiwei

 Blossom (In Bloom), 2015, 40 panels, porcelain, 80 x 80 x 5 cm each © Studio Ai Weiwei and Study of Perspective, 1995 - 2011, 40 b / w photos and color © Studio Ai Weiwei

Blossom (In Bloom), 2015, 40 panels, porcelain, 80 x 80 x 5 cm
each © Studio Ai Weiwei and Study of Perspective, 1995 – 2011,
40 b / w photos and color © Studio Ai Weiwei

Bicycle Basket with Flowers in Porcelain, 2015, porcelain, 35 x 28 x 33 cm © Studio Ai Weiwei

Bicycle Basket with Flowers in Porcelain, 2015, porcelain, 35 x
28 x 33 cm © Studio Ai Weiwei

 Sunflower Seeds, 2010, hand-painted porcelain, 12 x 8 x 0.1 cm and The Animal That Looks Like a Llama but is Really an Alpaca, 2015, wallpaper, variable sizes © Studio Ai Weiwei

Sunflower Seeds, 2010, hand-painted porcelain, 12 x 8 x 0.1 cm
and The Animal That Looks Like a Llama but is Really an Alpaca,
2015, wallpaper, variable sizes © Studio Ai Weiwei

 Untitled, 2012, huali wood, 20 elements, 68 × 67.5 × 63 cm each © Studio Ai Weiwei

Untitled, 2012, huali wood, 20 elements, 68 × 67.5 × 63 cm each
© Studio Ai Weiwei

Tire (Tire), 2016, marble, 80 x 80 x 20cm © Studio Ai Weiwei

Tire (Tire), 2016, marble, 80 x 80 x 20cm © Studio Ai Weiwei

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