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From January 16 through 20 February, Ai Wei Wei’s Er Xi exhibit will be on display at the Paris department store – Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche.
The three-part exhibit – featuring both two-dimensional and three-dimensional sculptures – were created with the help of a team kite-making artisans from China’s Shandong Province. The sculptures were made using an ancient method of stretching silk and paper over a bamboo frame. The inspiration for the pieces were taken directly from the ancient Chinese children’s collection of tales – Shan Hai Jing or Classic of Mountains and Seas.
In the fantastical exhibit, viewers will have a chance to see the artist’s commissioned sculptures of fish, chimeras, dragons and other mythical creatures.
Beijing-based artist Ai Wei Wei is well known for provocative art works that often criticize the Chinese government.