Cahiers d'Art in Paris presents dual site exhibition by Ai Weiwei
1 November 2019Works by Ai Weiwei are current on view at the two exhibition spaces of Paris-based visual arts publisher, Cahiers d'Art. The presentation features two major recent works. Entitled 'The Muller Report / Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen', and marks the launch of the most recent edition of the Cahiers d'Art Revue, focused on Ai’s own work and his personal collections.
At the Cahiers d’Art 14 rue du Dragon location, Ai presents The Cover Page of The Mueller Report, Submitted to Attorney General William Barr by Robert Mueller on March 22, 2019 (2019). This new work recreates the front page of the 450 page Mueller report into Russian interference in the 2016 US Presidential election in LEGO bricks, a medium with which the artist has been experimenting in recent years. The space’s front window is coated in transparent wallpaper depicting an iconic motif in the artist’s oeuvre of an outstretched arm and raised middle finger.
At number 15 rue du Dragon, Ai Weiwei exhibits a monumental Marseille soap cube, Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen Cut in Nine Pieces (2018-19), produced by Marius Fabre soap factory. Created originally for Ai's 2018 exhibition at MUCEM, Marseilles, a reimagining of the work sees the original singular cube - engraved with the 1789 declaration - cut into nine separate cubes, 8 of which are presented at Cahiers d'Art, occupying the entire space. A selection of Ai's early works, made between 1980 and 1992 in fur, leather, rust and other materials are displayed on the walls, in a tribute by Ai to the influence of Marcel Duchamp and his readymades.
'Ai Weiwei: The Muller Report / Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen' is organised by Cahiers d'Art in collaboration with Lisson Gallery and neugerriemschneider, Berlin, and is on view until 22 December. Click here for further details.
Image: Ai Weiwei, Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen Cut in Nine Pieces (2018-2019), Soap, 33 x 100 x 33 cm each