Exhibitions/ Art Object
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Stool

Artist:
Ai Weiwei (Chinese, born Beijing, 1957)
Date:
ca. 2007
Culture:
China
Medium:
Wood
Dimensions:
43 × 34 × 48 in. (109.2 × 86.4 × 121.9 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Lent by a private collection, Hong Kong
Rights and Reproduction:
© Ai Weiwei
Not on view
Using traditional woodwork techniques, Ai reconfigures pieces of furniture in ways that render them inoperative. This visually playful work questions the way in which modernization has made China’s past inaccessible and whether, in seeking to perpetuate tradition by adapting inherited forms, one instead distorts it irrevocably.
Acquired directly from the artist in 2007 by its current owner, a private collector in Hong Kong.