Ai Weiwei at Jeu de Paume
Opening to the public next Tuesday is the new season of exhibitions at the Jeu de Paume. Headlining is Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei with an exhibition ‘Interlacing’ focusing on his photo and video work. Imprisoned on April 3rd 2011 by the Chinese authorities because of his political activities, released on bail June 22nd 2011, Ai Weiwei is still, today, banned from leaving the country. A great communicator and networker who brings life into art and art into life, Ai Weiwei already used photography in his New York years, but especially since his return to Beijing he has incessantly documented the everyday urban and social realities in China, discussing it over blogs and Twitter. Ai Weiwei deliberately confronts social conditions in China and in the world. This first, large exhibition and book project of his photography and videos focuses on Ai Weiwei’s diversity, complexity, and connectedness, his “interlacing” and “networking” with hundreds of photographs, blogs, and explanatory essays.
Tue 21 Feb-29 April. Tue, noon-9pm; Wed-Fri, noon-7pm; Sat, Sun, 10am-7pm.
Jeu de Paume, 1 pl de la Concorde, 8th. M° Concorde. www.jeudepaume.org/