Treasure Box

Treasure Box

宝盒

2014

Ai Weiwei 艾未未

(Chinese, b. 1957)

Huali wood

Box: 100 x 100 x 100 cm (39 3/8 x 39 3/8 x 39 3/8 in.)

2.2017

Exhibition

Spotlight on a New Generation: Contemporary Chinese Artists (Chinese art rotation)

Description

Ai Weiwei is known in the West for designing Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium for the 2008 Olympics, his social media presence, and his political activism. His artworks spring from his deep interest in the use of traditional Chinese materials, his awareness of the contemporary world, and his sense of humor.

Traditional joinery methods were used to create this box from huali, or fragrant rosewood (Dalbergia odorifera), without use of nails or screws. Through the hexagonal and irregular openings, interior compartments and shelves can be glimpsed. While it resembles a giant Rubik’s Cube, Ai’s Treasure Box also references the politics of concealing and revealing.

See also
Collection: 
CONTEMP - Sculpture
Department: 
Contemporary Art
Type of artwork: 
Wood
Medium: 
Huali wood

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