Chinese Doors Void Temple



‘The making of a single building or other artworks from copies of one mass-produced object occurs regularly enough in both architecture and art. Success occurs when the multiple elements merge into an overall form producing a new tactile surface. In the best of circumstances the connotation of both the new form and the old materials heighten the experience of both. Ai Weiwei’s void of a Chinese temple shaped by the discarded traditional wooden door matches the loss of both religion and small houses in the wave of China’s construction boom.’

The temporary installation, build with 1001 Ming and Qing Dynasty doors and windows, was part of the Documenta 12 in Kassel, which lasted from June 16 until September 23. Four days after opening the build collapsed in a huge thunderstorm. The folly imploded ‘like a spiral’. Weiwei, who’s work is all about the dissapearing, keeping and disturbing of cultural signs, valued the input of the outburst as such, that he left it to be in ruins. (Picture: )

Ai Weiwei (1957, Beijing, China)

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1001 Ming and Qing Dynasty doors and windows

Documenta 12, Kassel, Germany

From March 2 until November 11, 2008. Ai Weiwei’s work wil be shown at the Groninger Museum

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