In honor of Ai Weiwei, Cahiers d’Art presents the exhibition “The Mueller Report / Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen “ from October 16th to December 21st 2019 and a new Cahiers d’Art Revue.
From sculpture to installations, through social media, architecture, photography and documentary films, Ai Weiwei constantly creates new aesthetic forms and brings them into resonance with political news. A leading artist in the international art scene, he has become one of the world's symbols of dissent, tirelessly denouncing attacks on human rights, democracy and all freedoms.
For his first exhibition in a French gallery, the artist, fills the two spaces of the Cahiers d'Art gallery in Saint Germain des Prés.
Ai Weiwei presents "The Mueller Report" a development of Ai’s experimentation with LEGO bricks. Made with thousands of LEGO bricks, the new work, installed at No. 14, rue du Dragon features the front page of the 450 pages the Mueller report into Russian interference in the 2016 US Presidential election.
On the front window of the gallery is "Finger", a transparent wallpaper depicting, a common motif in Ai Weiwei’s oeuvre: the outstretched arm and the middle finger gesture, that recalls Weiwei’s earlier works such as “Study of Perspective”.
At No. 15, rue du Dragon, Ai Weiwei exhibits a monumental Marseille soap cube, produced by the Marius Fabre soap factory for the exhibition at MUCEM, on which Ai Weiwei engraved the Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen of 1789. The cubic work takes on a new meaning by being cut into 9 equal parts, of which 8 are presented at Cahiers d’Art occupying the entire gallery space.
Early works made between 1980 and 1992 in fur, leather, rust and other material are displayed on the walls; Ai Weiwei’s tributes to the influence of Marcel Duchamp and his ready mades.
The show is organized in collaboration with Lisson Gallery and neugerriemschneider.