Art Opening Reception: Ai Weiwei’s Five Houses Exhibit
A major new architectural project by Ai Weiwei — the first since Chinese authorities detained the internationally acclaimed artist last year — the exhibition marks the U.S. premiere for the project, which debuted at the Kunsthaus Bregenz in Bregenz, Austria, this past summer. In development for the past three years, Five Houses was created by Ai Weiwei in collaboration with Basel-based HHF architects.
It is the cornerstone of a larger project, Ai Weiwei House, which interprets the concept of a residential building as a Gesamtkunstwerk. Ai Weiwei House is the latest in a lineage of fully designed environments by such noted architects as Josef Hoffmann, Frank Lloyd Wright and Gerrit Rietveld. Collaborating with specialists in fields ranging from architecture to furniture design, ceramics to textile design, Ai Weiwei creates individual elements of the completely furnished Ai Weiwei House.
On view through May 25.