(Chinese, b. 1957)
Box: 100 x 100 x 100 cm (39 3/8 x 39 3/8 x 39 3/8 in.)
© Ai Weiwei Studio
Ai Weiwei is known in the West for designing Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium for the 2008 Olympics, his social media presence, and his political activism. His artworks spring from his deep interest in the use of traditional Chinese materials, his awareness of the contemporary world, and his sense of humor.
Traditional joinery methods were used to create this box from huali, or fragrant rosewood (Dalbergia odorifera), without use of nails or screws. Through the hexagonal and irregular openings, interior compartments and shelves can be glimpsed. While it resembles a giant Rubik’s Cube, Ai’s Treasure Box also references the politics of concealing and revealing.
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