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AI WEIWEI AT THE HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN

If you would like to see Ai  Weiwei’s artistic and social statements up close, go to the Hirshhorn in Washingon,D.C. Exhibition is titled “ACCORDING TO WHAT?” and runs through 24 February, 2013.

Most art created or almost everything created by this artist has double and triple meanings – not unique with Chinese art.  Look at the large gathering of  very realistic ceramic crabs, a work  titled He Xie. The NYT reports that in Shanghai in 2010 Mr. Ai gave a dinner party at his studio serving delicious river crabs – shortly before his studio was destroyed by the authorities. He served crabs because they were in season but  also because the Chinese word he xie has a double meaning, it means crabs but also harmony – which has become the accepted phrase for official censorship by maintaining harmony.

Enjoy 3,200  crabs!

http://www.hirshhorn.si.edu/collection/ai-weiwei-according-to-what/#collection=ai-weiwei-according-to-what

Cheers,

Elisabeth

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