Portraits were done of all that came to the opening.
13th of May - 16th of July
Last night was the private opening of the retrospective (the last six years) of Ai Weiwei's work. Even though Ai Weiwei is still missing the gallery decided (rightly) to go ahead with the opening.
Lisson Gallery made a real "Happening" out of the event. I thought they handled and organized it better than any opening I have ever been to before. If you did not go, the truth is you missed out. We kept saying to each other;
"A Historical opening"
The spaces in Lisson Gallery's two buildings were utilized well. With space for Art Contemplation, Portrait shoots, documentary watching, taking over the street for a one minute silence, newspaper cutouts to read and posters to be brought home.
These posters also covered the courtyard entrance with Ai Weiwei's quotes like;
"Words can be deleted but the facts won't be deleted with them"
"Liberty is about our rights to question everything"
"Say what you say plainly, and then take responsibility for it"
Coloured vases 2010
Coloured Vases, 2009
Marble doors 2006
In the courtyard
Documentary about Ai Weiwei.
Large poster outside on of the Galleries
Everybody ventured out to join in on the "One minute silence" The only sound you heard was cameras clicking. It was a great feel of bounding among the people.
After the one minute silence these two guys did an impromptu performance.
A great publicity stunt... why does this not happen more often?
Moon Chest, 2008
Surveillance Camera, 2006
Must he be returned back to the art world quickly.
Meanwhile he is and will always be a great symbol for Artists to stay together for
Freedom of speech!