Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Haines proudly presents Ai Weiwei: Everyday Monuments, a solo exhibition by the Chinese artist-activist opening June 2022

Ai Weiwei: 
Everyday Monuments

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 4 | 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Ai Weiwei, Zodiac, 2018
LEGO bricks, 45 x 45 inches each, edition of 10 + 2 AP
Photos: Adam Reich
Haines proudly presents Ai Weiwei: Everyday Monuments, a solo exhibition by the Chinese artist-activist opening June 2022.

Ai Weiwei (b. 1957, Beijing, China; lives and works in Portugal) is celebrated for his enduring and iconic artworks that address our shared urgencies. His sculptures and installations often reveal surprising sociopolitical dimensions, shedding light on people, places, and events that might otherwise be forgotten.

Designed specifically for Haines’ new Fort Mason gallery, Everyday Monumentscomprises 18 works in materials such as LEGO, marble, and wood, each a synthesis of complex historical, cultural, and political references. 

The exhibition marks the San Francisco debut of Ai’s Zodiac (2018), a series of twelve panels depicting the mythical animals of the traditional Chinese Zodiac, created from thousands of brightly hued LEGO bricks. With their rich, contrasting colors and square shape, these works evoke Warhol’s celebrity portraits, while simultaneously referring to Ai’s first use of LEGO bricks for Trace, the enormous installation depicting political prisoners that was integral to the FOR-SITE Foundation’s 2014 exhibition @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz. Previously recreated by Ai in bronze, the Zodiac heads remain a potent trigger for conversations about nationalist sentiment, provenance, authenticity, and cultural exchange.

Exhibition Dates:
June 4 - August 27, 2022
Sales Inquiries: David Spalding

Press Inquiries: Irene Fung
2 Marina Boulevard, Building C, First Floor
San Francisco, CA 94123

Tuesday - Saturday: 10:30am - 5:30pm


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