Thursday, May 19, 2011

NEW YORK NEW YORK - Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads

Grand Army Plaza/Fifth Avenue/ Plaza Hotel:  Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads.  Internationally acclaimed Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei has re-interpreted the twelve bronze animal heads representing the traditional Chinese zodiac that once adorned the famed fountain-clock of the Yuanming Yuan, an imperial retreat in Beijing. These sculptures are the artist’s first major public  project. Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads is the centerpiece of a global, multi-year touring exhibition, the official world tour for Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads was launched in New York City at the historic Pulitzer Fountain at Grand Army Plaza near Central Park and the Plaza Hotel. The heads will be on display until July 15.  In re-interpreting these objects on an oversized scale, Ai Weiwei focuses attention on questions of looting and repatriation, while extending his ongoing exploration of the “fake” and the copy in relation to the original. Ai Weiwei is currently in jail in China for “economic problems”!

Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads. Are you a Dog or a Rabbit?

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