Barricades on windows. Soleil Levant by Ai Weiwei. Installation on the facade towards Nyhavn

 Ai Weiwei, "Soleil Levant", 2017. Installation view, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, 2017. Life jackets in front of windows of facade. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph © David Stjernholm
10/07/2017
Barricades on windows. Soleil Levant by Ai Weiwei. Installation on the facade towards Nyhavn
Kunsthal Charlottenborg. [København K] Danmark 20.06 > 01.08.2017
metalocus, DANIEL MADERA
Ai Weiwei, "Soleil Levant", 2017. Installation view, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, 2017. Life jackets in front of windows of facade. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph © David Stjernholm

The artist Ai Weiwei returns to focus on the refugee crisis that is currently taking place across Europe. On this occasion, the artist have instaled barricades on the windows of the Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Denmark using life jackets retrieved from refugees arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos.

The inauguration of the new Ai Weiwei facility took place on United Nations International Day of Refugees (June 20, 2017). Called Soleil Levante, the facility mounts barricades at the Kunsthal Charlottenborg windows with more than 3500 life jackets retrieved from refugees arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos.

Focus on the humanitarian crisis.With this installation, Ai Weiwei hopes to bring focus to the refugee crisis currently taking place across Europe. According to UNHCR, 1,377,349 individuals arrived in Europe via sea in 2015 and 2016. In the same period, over 8000 individuals have died or disappeared attempting this journey. It is the humanitarian crisis, on which Ai Weiwei intends to make a call of attention.

The name of the work stems from Claude Monet’s painting Impression. Soleil Levant from 1872, which depicts the harbour in Le Havre at the end of the 1870-71 Franco-Prussian war. Whereas Monet’s landscape painting captures the political and social reality of its time with its cranes, steamboats and industrialisation, Ai Weiwei’s Soleil Levant draws attention to the political and social reality of today through refugee lifejackets.
Artist
Ai Weiwei
Curators
Luise Faurschou from ART 2030 and Michae
l Thouber from Kunsthal Charlottenborg.
Ai Weiwei, "Soleil Levant", 2017. Installation view, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, 2017. Life jackets in front of windows of facade. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph © Anders Sune Berg.Ai Weiwei, "Soleil Levant", 2017. Installation view, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, 2017. Life jackets in front of windows of facade. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph © Anders Sune Berg.Ai Weiwei, "Soleil Levant", 2017. Installation view, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, 2017. Life jackets in front of windows of facade. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph © David Stjernholm.Ai Weiwei, "Soleil Levant", 2017. Installation view, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, 2017. Life jackets in front of windows of facade. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph © David Stjernholm.Ai Weiwei, "Soleil Levant", 2017. Installation view, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, 2017. Life jackets in front of windows of facade. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph © David Stjernholm.Ai Weiwei, "Soleil Levant", 2017. Installation view, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, 2017. Life jackets in front of windows of facade. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph © Anders Sune Berg.Ai Weiwei, "Soleil Levant", 2017. Installation view, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, 2017. Life jackets in front of windows of facade. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph © David Stjernholm.Ai Weiwei, "Soleil Levant", 2017. Installation view, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, 2017. Life jackets in front of windows of facade. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph © Anders Sune Berg.Ai Weiwei, "Soleil Levant", 2017. Installation view, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, 2017. Life jackets in front of windows of facade. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph © Anders Sune Berg.Ai Weiwei, "Soleil Levant", 2017. Installation view, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, 2017. Life jackets in front of windows of facade. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph © Anders Sune Berg.

Weiwei

Ai Weiwei is a chinese conceptual artist, also works as an architect, photographer, curator and globally recognised human rights activist. Born in 1957 in Beijing, he began his training at Beijing Film Academy and later continued at the Parsons School of Design in New York City. His work has been exhibited around the world with solo exhibitions at Stiftung DKM, Duisburg (2010); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2009)...read more