Ai Wei Wei's flying creatures in Paris

An exhibition speaks to our inner child

by Valentina Ieva
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Chinese architect, video artist and photographer Ai Weiwei is again in Paris. His new flying creatures have been set up in the cosmetics floor of the Bon Marché Rive Gauche. A new exhibit, titled Er Xi, Air de Jeux, or Child’s Play, will remain open to the public until February 20th.

Suspended within the store’s inner atriums are three-dimensional interpretations of Shan Hai Jing woodcuts, while the store’s gallery features a dragon made from woven bamboo.

The creatures are inspired by Shan Hai Jing, or Classic of Mountains and Seas, a series of legends that have been told to children in China for over 2,000 years.

“We all lead parallel lives in this other world of dreams, fantasies, and fears,” says Weiwei of the folklore-scape. “We must learn to coexist with them, as they are an integral part of our humanity, to embrace our mythology. Children know how to do this naturally. This exhibition speaks to our inner child.”

 

  

 

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    • Valentina Ieva

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      Bari / Italy

      Laureata in Ingegneria edile-architettura, giornalista per professione, web writer per diletto. Amante di architettura, design, fotografia e libri di carta. Dipendente dai social, Instagram e InstaStories su tutti. Affamata di vita, viaggi e storie da scoprire. Qualunque forma d'arte mi affascina da sempre e non posso pensare una vita senza: emozioni forti, immaginazione, buona musica, cucina pugliese, sole e gatti. Per dirla con le parole di Battiato, non potrei vivere senza: ‘un soffio al cuore di natura elettrica’!)

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