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Posted: 08 April 2012 10:59 PM   [ Ignore ]
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-17256535

Ai Weiwei sunflower seeds bought by Tate

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s “sunflower seeds” - a work made up of 10 tonnes of porcelain seed replicas - has been bought by Tate Modern.

The London gallery has acquired around eight million of the 100 million porcelain reproductions.

They make up just under one tenth of the original work, commissioned for the Tate’s 2010’s Unilever Series.

It saw 100 million seeds spread over the floor of the gallery’s vast Turbine Hall.

Shortly afterwards it was cordoned off over health and safety fears because of ceramic dust. The gallery initially had plans for visitors to be able to walk on the seeds.

The work was on display at Tate Modern from June 2011 to February 2012.

Each porcelain seed had been individually handcrafted by skilled artisans in the city of Jingdezhen, which is famed for its production of Chinese Imperial porcelain.

The work has been purchased for an undisclosed figure with assistance from the Tate International Council, the Art Fund, and private donations.

It’s thought the remaining seeds will go back to the artist.

As well as being a popular Chinese street snack, sunflower seeds have a political meaning for the Chinese artist.

During the Cultural Revolution, propaganda images showed Chairman Mao as the sun and the mass of people as sunflowers turning towards him.

Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei, was recently named as the most powerful person in the art world.

The announcement came after he spent more than two months in detention.

His arrest in April 2011, as he boarded a Beijing flight bound for Hong Kong, prompted a global campaign for his release.

Here is Tate Modern’s webpage where it shows some of the seeds and talks about them some.

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Posted: 09 April 2012 03:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Enough spits to last me a lifetime or two.  smile

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Posted: 09 April 2012 10:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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gray - 09 April 2012 03:54 PM

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Hmm. While I imagine you would spit out a porcelain seed you wouldn’t be able to eat I am wondering why you would continue to try to eat them (and subsequently spit them out) for the remainder of your life (and maybe the next).

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Posted: 11 April 2012 12:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Tah - 09 April 2012 10:24 PM
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Enough spits to last me a lifetime or two.  smile

Hmm. While I imagine you would spit out a porcelain seed you wouldn’t be able to eat I am wondering why you would continue to try to eat them (and subsequently spit them out) for the remainder of your life (and maybe the next).

Sunflower seed spitting contest.

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Posted: 11 April 2012 03:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I mostly don’t like the sort of thing that ends up in the Tate Modern, but I love this exhibit.

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Posted: 14 April 2012 03:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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What a pun!

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