"AI WEIWEI ON PORCELAIN" EXHIBITION AT SABANCI MUSEUM CONTINUESOpened on September 12, at Sabancı University's Sakıp Sabancı Museum, the first solo exhibition in Turkey by Ai Weiwei, one of the most influential figures of contemporary art, continues.
The exhibition consists of over a hundred art works displayed on three floors of the museum and focuses particularly on those made of porcelain. Over the course of his career Ai Weiwei has produced works in many media, including video, wallpaper and photography as well as porcelain, and all of these are represented in the exhibition. "Ai Weiwei on Porcelain" ranges from his first porcelain work produced in 1976-1977 to new pieces produced exclusively for the Istanbul exhibition, and presents an unequalled opportunity to explore the world of the artist. The exhibition also traces the life story of Ai Weiwei, who has produced his art in line with the principle "art is life, life is art."
"Ai Weiwei on Porcelain" exhibition represents all the methods that are the defining elements in Ai Weiwei’s porcelain works. His porcelain art is represented by iconic works such as his Sunflower Seeds installation, which put him at the forefront of contemporary art debates and made him one of the best known artists of our time. One of Ai Weiwei’s iconoclastic works, Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn, is an example of the different transformation methods designed to question the artist's existing value systems. His Blue-and-White Porcelain Plates and Stacked Porcelain Vases as a Pillar, which he also produced exclusively for the Istanbul exhibition, stimulate ideas about the cyclical structure of history by reflecting on the crises of our time in reference to ancient Greek and Egyptian carvings and ceramics.
Ai Weiwei sees art not just as an aesthetic activity, but as an opportunity to broach new questions. In his works shown at this exhibition the artist reflects on the subject of history in the light of surviving fragments of antiques, and presents a comprehensive view of the contemporary world.
Throughout the "Ai Weiwei on Porcelain" exhibition, a programme of workshops, children's educational sessions, lectures and panels will take an in-depth look at Ai Weiwei’s art. The exhibition could be visited at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum until January 28.
For more info about the visiting hours: http://www.sakipsabancimuzesi.org/en/page/visiting-hours