In a rare and odd occurrence, Chinese artist Ai WeiWei, is having his first retail art installation. Le Bon Marche has given him carte blanche with the windows and part of the first floor of the store. In recent years the highly political artist was detained, arrested and under surveillance in his homeland of China. Last July the Chinese government finally returned his passport so he is free to travel and currently lives in Berlin.
Er XI or Child's Play, is inspired by traditional Chinese fables Shan Hai Jing dating back from the fourth century.
Hanging from the ceilings in the main floor cosmetics department, in between the Chanel lip gloss and Lancome mascara are a series of 20 wonderful and whimsical sculptures, much like kites, which are from WeiWei's childhood memories. The sculptures including birds, dragons, and fish are made from silk, not the traditional fragile rice paper.
The ten window displays are a melange of the fairy tale figures along with a current story line and autobiographical roots. They are re creations of some of his most controversial works including “Surveilance Camera” (2006), “Brain Inflation” (2009) and “Study of Perspective” (1995-2011).
Er XI or Child's Play
Till February 20
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