Ai Weiwei on the exhibition
The artist talks about the ideas behind the concept of Ai Weiwei: translocation – transformation. He gives background information on the Wang Family Ancestral Hall and points out parallels of this structure with the 21er Haus.
Setting up “F Lotus”
Ai Weiwei created this site-specific work involving more than 1000 life vests in response to the refugee crises. We asked volunteers from several NGOs about their thoughts, memories and feelings.
Setting up “Lu”
Kite-like creatures made of the traditional Chinese materials bamboo and silk are suspended over the main staircase in the Upper Belvedere.
One represents Lu, one of the many spirits described in the fictional stories from Shan Hai Jing (Classic of Mountains and Seas). These tales originate in the 3rd century BC and were compiled to describe and explain geographical features of the vast country and their myths.
Setting up “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads”
Vienna is getting ready for Ai Weiwei! On 23 June 2016 Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads (2010), the first work for Ai Weiwei. translocation – transformation, was installed at the pond behind the Upper Belvedere. Watch the video to see how the twelve monumental bronze heads of about 600 kilos each were put into place.
The red container
Delivery of the Wang Ancestral Hall
On 10 May 2016 the Wang Family Ancestral Hall – dismantled in 1.300 pieces – was packed in six 40-foot containers and loaded on the container vessel Hyundai Smart that flies the flag of Greece. We have followed the journey online via GPS. Watch the animation to retrace the route the ship has taken. After a two-day stay in Singapore, the ship moved through the Suez Canal, then to Le Havre and Rotterdam. It arrived at the port in Hamburg on 17 June 2016. The containers continued their journey by train and arrived in Vienna on 28 June.