Helen Morgan

Ai Weiwei's "Forever" Bicycle Installation Moves to Venice for the 14th Biennale of Architecture

by , 06/16/14
filed under: Art, gallery

Ai Weiwei's "Forever" Bicycle Installation Moves to Venice for the 14th Biennale of Architecture

Cycling is one of the most common forms of transportation in China, but Weiwei manipulates the bicycles by removing their primary function and making them static. The freedom associated with cycling is lost and the bicycles are piled together in a labyrinth-like way that renders them useless and immobile. Visitors can stand below the installation and see each detail from a new angle, gaining a new perspective on the bicycles and reflecting on their meaning.

Weiwei’s brilliant work often has a social or political subtext, and continues to receive huge amounts of attention worldwide. This particular exhibit also creates an interesting juxtaposition of past and present, classical and modern: The Palazzo was built in the mid 1500s, while the Forever brand bicycles Weiwei used for the installation have been mass-produced in China since the 1940s.

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Images courtesy of Taipei Fine Arts Museum and My Modern Met

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  1. kimholleman November 18, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Exceptionally boring. I would hope someone with that much hype would try harder to make a challenging installation.

    Also…those bikes are NEW. Not RESUSED. Not RECYCLED. What exactly is interesting about buying TENS OF THOUSANDS of dollars worth of new bikes and stringing them up? This is the great Ai Weiwei? Come on, I expect a LOT more out of international superstar artists…

  2. sucka November 18, 2011 at 11:52 am

    12,000 bikes, now forever consigned to the most wasteful, pretentious and pointless exhibit that inhabitat has ever featured? Seriously?

  3. tomob57 November 18, 2011 at 7:18 am

    How can he afford stuff like this?

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