Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing-Lucerne

Art 41 Basel

Art 41 Basel

Wednesday, June 16, 2010Sunday, June 20, 2010


Lucerne, Switzerland

Art 41 Basel
June 16 - June 20, 2010
Basel, Switzerland
Hall 2.1, booth P15

On the occasion of Art 41 Basel we are going to exhibit a selection of recent works from our represented artists. The selection will include artworks of

Ai Weiwei - He Yunchang (A Chang) - Li Dafang - Qiu Shihua - Shan Fan -
Not Vital - Wang Xingwei - Xia Xiaowan - Xia Xing - Xie Nanxing

Furthermore, we will present in this context new artworks by last year Venice Biennale participants Anatoly Shuravlev and Liu Ding. For the first time at Art Basel, we will present large-format drawings by the young Swiss artist Julia Steiner who participated in the gallery's artist-in-residence programm in Beijing 2009/10.

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ART PUBLIC: AI WEIWEI «FIELD» 2010
(Messeplatz, in front of the main entrance hall 2)

An orthogonal scaffold structure, constructed of standardized pipe elements and connections, occupying a volume of 7 by 7 units square and a single unit high with each unit measuring 1.15m.
The final dimensions being 7.40m x 7.40m x 1.15m (w/l/h).
All parts are made of high grade porcelain bearing classic blue and white floral patterns of the early Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). Seemingly uniform in appearance, each item is the result of careful experimentation with a traditional method to mimic the regularity and efficiency of modern production techniques.

Although derived from industrial parts such as scaffolds or drainage pipes that are a common sign of urban and social transformation processes, the elements shape has no purpose, the proportion of the arrangement is neutral and the dimensions unrelated. Liberated from the forces that are imposed by necessity, the methodical partition of space becomes a ceremonial exercise that establishes a consciousness for the immediacy of tradition and modernity that is so characteristic for the artists living environment.

Please find more information: Ai Weiwei "Field" 2010