top: Ai Weiwei Sunflower Seeds. 2010. Porcelain. one ton.
Originally installed in London’s Tate Modern Museum, Ai commissioned local artisans in Jingdezhen, China to make these hand painted porcelain sunflower seeds in order to emphasize the Chinese traditions of mass consumption and industry, and in turn their ties to collective labor.
bottom: Ai Weiwei Map of China. 2004. Iron wood (Tieli wood) from dismantled temples of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). 150 x 200 cm.
both pieces currently on view at Faurschou Beijing.
“Ai Weiwei has decided to close his exhibition ‘Ruptures’ at Faurschou Foundation Copenhagen, Denmark. This decision follows the Danish parliament’s approval of the law proposal that allows seizing valuables and delaying family reunions for asylum seekers. Jens Faurschou backs the artist’s decision and regrets that the Danish parliament chose to be in the forefront of symbolic and inhuman politics of today’s biggest humanitarian crisis in Europe and the Middle East, instead of being in the forefront of a respectful European solution to solve the acute humanitarian crisis.”
Offset is a minimalist chair designed by Copenhagen-based designers Johansen Faurschou. Offset chair is a take on the traditional armrest chair. The chair has a minimalistic upholstery as an offset from the slim metal frame. All four legs of the chair extend past the seat in order to support the arm rest and seat back frame. The back legs are situated closer together, forming a perfectly symmetrical and balanced form when viewed from the front or back.