Ai Weiwei: Bang / German Pavilion at French Pavilion / Venice Art Biennale 2013

Warning: For their presentations at this year’s Venice Art Biennale, France and Germany swapped their pavilions, so please watch the signage if you visit the show! I think that this is a fantastic idea. Imagine France is Germany, Europe is Asia, and she is he, and dogs are cats, and everything is everything. There is also some very good reason that the German pavilion features works Ai Weiwei, Romuald Karmakar, Santu Mofokeng, Dayanita Singh, but damn, I guess you just want to see Ai Weiwei’s stools, so here they are: Bang!

Peace!
Didier Benoit

Ai Weiwei: Bang / German Pavilion at French Pavilion / Venice Art Biennale 2013. Venice (Italy), Professional Preview, May 31, 2013.

PS: More info and photos at Designboom.

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Photo set:

Lyrics:
John Lennon: Imagine:

Imagine there’s no Heaven
It’s easy if you try
No Hell below us
Above us only sky

Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too

Imagine all the people
Living life in peace … (yuhuuuuhh)

You may say I am a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man

Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world … (yuhuuuh)

You may say I am a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one