The magic of Ai Weiwei

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More than 6,000 stools from the Ming and Qing dynasties fill that center of the Ai exhibition in the Martin-Gropius-Bau’s famed Lichthof and represent the Ai’s true subjects and intended audience. Each stool appears as if a unique stand-in for its former owner, marked by worn-away color, nicks and cuts, modifications made to seats, and grime.

Now the Chinese artist has drawn on the stool part of that French surrealist’s pioneer work for his latest exhibition, the largest ever devoted to Ai, which opens in Berlin this Thursday. The show, entitled Evidence, is at Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Bau exhibition hall, and consists of either entirely new works, or pieces never seen in Germany before. The exhibition is huge, taking up 3,000 square metres in total and running across 18 rooms. The most spectacular work, installed in the main atrium, is Stools (2014).