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This artwork, Kui Hua Zi (Sun Flower Seeds) by Ai Weiwei, is currently for sale at Carolina Nitsch Contemporary Art.
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 Ai Weiwei, Kui Hua Zi (Sun Flower Seeds)
 
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TITLE:  Kui Hua Zi (Sun Flower Seeds)
ARTIST:  Ai Weiwei (Chinese, b.1957)
WORK DATE:  2009
CATEGORY:  Sculptures
MATERIALS:  1000 sun flower seeds in porcelain, sculpted and painted by hand, manufactured in Jingdezhen, China, in glass jar, inscribed with title and artist name
EDITION/SET OF:  30 with 12 A.P.
MARKINGS:  Signed and numbered certificate
SIZE:  h: 6.4 x w: 4.4 x d: 4.4 in / h: 16.3 x w: 11.2 x d: 11.2 cm
STYLE:  Contemporary
PRICE*:  Contact Gallery for Price
GALLERY:  Carolina Nitsch Contemporary Art  +1-212-645-2030  Send Email
DESCRIPTION:  Published by Carolina Nitsch for the New Museum, New York

Kui Hua Zi - which translates as "sunflower seeds" - is a continuation of Ai's practice of fusing Western and Eastern sensibilities, history, and contemporary political metaphor. The sunflower seeds are a symbol for a sustainable way of life, and are made in porcelain, a material invented in China 1,200 years ago. The image and metaphor of the sunflower seed were omnipresent in Mao's cultural revolution and often represented the Chairman himself. Packed in a modern household glass, they are a down-to-earth symbol to be used by everyone and emphasize Ai's combination of the common with the extraordinary. The gesture of enclosing the seeds within a re-sealable jar is part of his larger vision of interactivity in his works and metaphors of Chinese society. The porcelain sunflower seeds represent the one and the many; and the modern with the ancient.
ONLINE CATALOGUE(S):  Carolina Nitsch Contemporary Art Inventory Catalogue
Ai Weiwei: Fairytale Chairs and New York Photographs  Sep 7 - Nov 3, 2012
 
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