A set of sculptures by Ai Weiwei. "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold" is a set of twelve animal, zodiac heads sculpted in bronze with gold patina by Chinese Contemporary artist Ai Weiwei. Edition: 1/4 AP. Created in 2010, the zodiac heads include
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Ai Weiwei
Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold

2010

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A set of sculptures by Ai Weiwei. "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold" is a set of twelve animal, zodiac heads sculpted in bronze with gold patina by Chinese Contemporary artist Ai Weiwei. Edition: 1/4 AP. Created in 2010, the zodiac heads include a Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig and are inspired by those which once comprised a water clock-fountain at the Yuanming Yuan, which is a complex of palaces and gardens in Beijing that were constructed by the Qianlong Emperor of the Qing dynasty . The Yuanming Yuan was eventually destroyed by French and British troops in 1860 during the Second Opium War, at which time the fountainheads were looted. The fountainheads were originally made by an Italian Jesuit, Giuseppe Castiglione. Ai Weiwei is China’s most famous artist. He is open in his criticism of the Chinese government, and was famously detained for months in 2011, then released to house arrest. “I don’t see myself as a dissident artist,” he says. “I see them as a dissident government!” Some of Ai Weiwei's best known works are installations, often tending towards the conceptual and sparking dialogue between the contemporary world and traditional Chinese modes of thought and production. Provenance: Portland, Oregon, Portland Art Museum, Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold, May 23, 2015-September 20, 2015 Phoenix, Arizona, Phoenix Art Museum, Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold, October 3, 2015-January 31, 2016 Tucson, Arizona, Tucson Art Museum, Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold February 13, 2016-June 26, 2016 Reno, Nevada, Nevada Art Museum, Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold July 23, 2016-October 23, 2016 Rockland, Maine, Farnsworth Museum of Art, Rothschild Gallery, Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold, March 24, 2018-December 30, 2018 Exhibition: Portland, Oregon, Portland Art Museum, Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold, May 23, 2015-September 20, 2015 Phoenix, Arizona, Phoenix Art Museum, Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold, October 3, 2015-January 31, 2016 Tucson, Arizona, Tucson Art Museum, Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold February 13, 2016-June 26, 2016 Reno, Nevada, Nevada Art Museum, Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold July 23, 2016-October 23, 2016 Rockland, Maine, Farnsworth Museum of Art, Rothschild Gallery, Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold, March 24, 2018-December 30, 2018 The stands are: The 32 H x 19-3/4 W x 19-3/4 D in. Rat: 27 7/8 x 12 7/8 x 20 7/8 in. Ox: 29 1/8 x 20 1/8 x 16 7/8 Tiger: 25 7/8 x 14 7/8 x 16 7/8 Rabbit: 27 7/8 x 9 7/8 x 18 7/8 Dragon: 35 7/8 x 18 1/8 x 25 7/8 Snake: 27 7/8 x 14 1/8 x 6 3/4 Horse: 29 1/8 x 12 1/4 x 22 Ram: 25 1/4 x 20 7/8 x 16 1/8 Monkey: 27 1/8 x 12 7/8 x 14 7/8 Rooster: 24 x 9 x 16 7/8 Dog: 25 1/4 x 14 7/8 x 18 7/8 Boar: 27 1/8 x 16 1/8 x 20 7/8

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  • Artist
    Ai Weiwei (1957, Chinese)
  • Creation Year
    2010
  • Medium
  • Dimensions
    H 32 in. x W 19.75 in. x D 19.75 in.H 81.28 cm x W 50.17 cm x D 50.17 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Palm Desert, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU935109421
  • Seller Reference Number
    9158.b
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