Ai Weiwei: In Search of Humanity (Albertina)

Dieter Buchhart, Elsy Lahner, Klaus Albrecht Schröder (Eds)

Hirmer Verlag, 2022


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Ai Weiwei is not only one of the most important contemporary artists; he is also an untiring activist and critic of authoritarian systems. “In Search of Humanity” presents a comprehensive overview of all phases of the artist’s oeuvre and includes a number of hitherto unpublished works. The book design in the form of a block of marble makes this an unusual volume.

The catalogue examines in detail the aspect of humanity and artistic responsibility in the oeuvre of Ai Weiwei. It sheds light on concepts such as surveillance, censorship, human rights, freedom of expression, human displacement, radical responsibility, the power of beauty and the truth of poetry. Numerous quotations by the artist and a timeline which positions the individual works visually within the context of the historical events that prompted them, explore the works in a plausible manner.


ISBN: 9783777438641

336 pagina's, 180 kleur illustraties, 30 x 24 cm, hardcover, Engels