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May 29, 2014 9:37 am

Ai Weiwei

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Ai Weiwei’s contribution to Documenta 2007 was to invite 1,001 Chinese citizens to Kassel, drawing the attention of the global biennale set to the complications of travel for Chinese people. Ai, himself now confined to Beijing, devised these shows using plans and photographs. In YSP’s newly restored chapel, “Fairytale – 1,001 Chairs” references his Documenta intervention: dating from the Qing dynasty and associated with privilege, the chairs are intended to evoke ideas of freedom, sanctuary, collective memory.

Also in the chapel is “Iron Tree”, largest of Ai’s tree sculptures. Lisson’s major piece is a monumental new installation of bicycles in the “Forever” series, homage to Ai’s hero Duchamp, as well as addressing stereotypical national symbols.

ysp.co.uk, 01924 832631,

from May 24 to November 2; lissongallery.com,

020 7724 2739, to July 12

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