Ai Weiwei is one of China's best known contemporary artists. Photographer, architect, sculpter, performer, film-maker, and activist on social media, Ai Weiwei blends traditional Chinese thought with contemporary art, taking inspiration from Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol.
Ai Weiwei is the son of the famous Chinese poet Ai Qing (1910-1996), who discovered the West in 1929, upon arriving in Marseille, at the very site where the Mucem stands today.
This is why the artist proposes a voyage through time and connects his work to his paternal lineage. Bringing out unique resonances, this exhibition presents Ai Weiwei's work under a new angle. His creations, juxtaposed with objects from the Mucem's collection, invite us to question opposing concepts such as "East" and "West," "Original" and "Reproduction," "Art" and "Craft," "Destruction" and "Conservation." Above all, they call into question our systems of interpretation.
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