Ai Weiwei, Pequi Tree Miniature

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Ai Weiwei (Chinese, b. 1957)

Pequi Tree Miniature, 2021

Medium: Tin sculpture (welded, polished and finished by hand)

Dimensions: 32 x 12.5 x 12.5 cm

Edition of 250: With engraved signature and numbering

Condition: Mint

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The Pequi Tree Miniature by Ai Weiwei was published on the occasion of the exhibition Entrelaçar (Intertwine) at Serralves Foundation, Portugal, in 2021. The sculpture is a 1/100 replica of the Pequi Tree (2018-2020), a 32-meter-high iron tree Ai Weiwei created to witness the disappearance of the harmonious co-existence between human beings and nature. The monumental artwork was moulded in Brazil, cast in China, and first presented at the Serralves Park.

An artist, thinker and activist, Chinese conceptual artist Ai Weiwei is famous for conceptual artworks that challenge authorities and question the status quo of contemporary society. Initially known for his observations and comments on the authoritarian system in his home country, Weiwei has shifted his focus to social changes and political developments in the Western world in recent years. Revolving around themes such as human rights, economic exploitation and environmental degradation, his work often blurs the line between art and social activism. Ai Weiwei is one of the leading cultural figures of his generation and serves as an example for free expression both in China and internationally. His oeuvre encompasses sculpture, photography, printmaking, film, performance and installation. In 2011, Weiwei was arrested  and detained for “economic crimes” for 81 days by the Chinese government. After being allowed to leave his country in 2015, he has lived in Berlin (Germany), Cambridge (United Kingdom) and in Portugal. His work has appeared in major exhibitions at Kunsthaus Bregenz, the Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Tate Modern (London), São Paulo Bienal (2010), Haus der Kunst (Munich); Mori Art Museum (Tokyo) and Documenta XII (2007). Ai Weiwei was born in 1957 in Beijing.

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