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Fountain of Light

2016
Ai Weiwei

It took dozens of chandeliers to build this work in steel and glass by Ai Weiwei (b. 1957). Made in Beijing by an artist based in Berlin who is also an inveterate blogger and traveller, it exemplifies the globalisation of art. Referring both to the Chinese lanterns of yesteryear and the readymades of Marcel Duchamp, the first person to turn an object of mass consumption into a work of art, these glittering and slightly kitsch chandeliers shed as much light on the common share of humanity as they pose questions.

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi

Artist: Ai Weiwei
Title: Fountain of Light
Geography: Beijing, China and Berlin, Germany
Date: 2016
Medium: steel, glass crystals
Classification: sculpture
Dimensions: H. 420.0 cm height
Inventory number: LAD 2016.016
Contact for images: [email protected]
Permalink: https://www.louvreabudhabi.ae/en/Explore/online-collection/fountain-of-light
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