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“If you look at art history you see that only important art moments have revolutionary quality. I hope I can be part of it. My art is about how to give the definition of our time. All those things are so essential - human rights, human dignity and human speech, social justice, fairness, and it helps me as an artist to find my own position." —Ai Weiwei
Ai Weiwei is an artist that plays with the idea of the power of culture and how art can transform people´s lives. One of the most exhibited artists in the world, who focuses a lot of time on conducting research and archiving. With this in mind, Wo ist die Revolution? was created for Ai´s exhibition at the Kunstsammlung Nordheim-Westfalen to revisit art history in our current turbulent age.
“I wouldn´t say that the street is a good place to do the revolution. But when you have no other place (then) the street a good place, the shopping mall is a good place, the subway is a good place, the airport is a good place. Whenever human goes is a good place, because our mind is a good place and we can go anywhere to do the revolution." —Ai Weiwei
Stepping into a brisk stride as Joseph Beuys did almost half a century ago with La Rivoluzione Noi, 1972, as the title translates as ´We are the Revolution´. The edition is based on the artists´ life-size proportions, as both artists are depicted striding confidently towards the viewer, as if ready to dynamically step out of the image, in a confrontational way but also encouraging the viewer to join them towards a revolution.