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An Artist of Social Change

Arriving last night in Toronto, Canada, to visit my Sis, I was immediately invited to see a rare exhibit at the elegant Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) by the influential Chinese contemporary artist, Ai Weiwei, who helped design the “Bird’s Nest” stadium for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and a loud advocate for reality and change in China.  This exhibit is only shown in Toronto in North America.  The artist is prevented from leaving Beijing at the moment.

The artist used no nails but the joinery technique to hold the chairs together - wood from the Chinese Quing Dynasty (1644-1911)
The artist used no nails but the joinery technique to hold the chairs together – wood from the Chinese Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)
The use of joinery technique on a log from a temple from the Qing Dynasty - you can see the map of China from the cross-section.
The use of joinery technique on a log from a temple from the Qing Dynasty – you can see the map of China from the cross-section, symbolizing that the present China has been put together by many cultural and historical elements.
Eight block of Chinese wooden chests are shown here - each hole is placed in a precise position to show a phase of the moon.
Eight block of Chinese wooden chests made from very precious Chinese wood are shown here – each hole is placed in a precise position to show a phase of the moon.

Visiting other galleries at AGO…

European paintings displayed in the style of a French salon (living room).
European paintings displayed in the style of a French salon (living room) in AGO.
Henry Moore working model for his sculpture.
Henry Moore’s working model for his sculpture Drape Seated Woman.
Lake and Mountains (oil on Canvas) by the Group of Seven who initiated the Canadian art movement.
Lake and Mountains (oil on Canvas) by the Group of Seven whose paintings were inspired by nature and who initiated the Canadian art movement displayed at AGO.

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4 thoughts on “An Artist of Social Change

  1. From what we have presented I think the exhibition is impressive. I like all these sculptures and paintings! It’s amazing creativity of people!
    Thank you so much for sharing!
    Warm wishes! Big hugs, much love, Stefania! 🙂

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