Kayany Foundation – Charity Auction


Ai Weiwei

Beijing 1957 – lives in Berlin

„F Size“. 2011
Huali wood. 118 × 118 × 118 cm (46 ½ × 46 ½ × 46 ½ in.) Certificate will be issued after the sale.  [3095]

ProvenanceCourtesy of the artist

EUR 200.000 – 300.000
USD 236,000 – 353,000

Sold for:
475,000 EUR (incl. premium)

„F Size“

Auction 284Friday, 1 December 2017
05:00 PM

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Ai Weiwei’s work “F-Size” forms part of his series “Divina Proportione,” for which the artist, inspired by a toy belonging to his cat, recreated a geometric polyhedron in wood, using traditional techniques from the time of the Ming dynasty. In building the structure, he used neither nails nor screws. The Huali wood used was a much sought-after material during the Ming period, and was used exclusively to produce objects of daily use such as furniture. Ai Weiwei pays homage to this wood by using it as the sole material for his fascinating sculptures, while on the other hand turning the traditions of its original context upside down by creating a colossal reproduction of a cat’s plaything for an artistic space. The title of the series refers to the mathematical treatise by Luca Pacioli from 1497, which was illustrated by Leonardo da Vinci. In it, Ai Weiwei had found a highly similar structure after having completed his series: a “sphere” comprised of squares and triangles.

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