Artsy Post Tonight

A couple of pretty great things for tonight I wanted to share with you, guys..

.......First of all let's see if you enjoy this multicoloured blurrrinesss:

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Secondly, here are my current 2 favourite things from Tate Modern - these amazing hand crafted and hand painted ceramic sunflower seeds by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who was detained by Chinese authorities this year and spent several months under arrest for political reasons.

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And this floating gauzy red staircase by the Korean artist Do Ho Suh.

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Actually, another interesting work by Ai Weiwei is the one below. The caption to this self-portrait of him, called 草泥马挡中央 or "grass mud horse covering the middle" sounds almost the same in Chinese as 肏你妈党中央, "Fuck you, the Communist party central committee". Grass mud horse or 'Cao Ní Ma' is a Chinese Internet meme widely used as a form of symbolic defiance of the widespread Internet censorship in China. The 'horse' is actually what he is holding in his hand.

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Do also check out this Atlantida-esque underwater exhibition by Jason deCaires Taylor, it is very impressive - especially with all the algae on top of the sculptures, which created some sort of art of their own.

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Lastly, I'm dying to go to this musical here in London based on the movie also called Backbeat, which was my favourite movie when I was a kid.

Let me know what you are up to these days and if you know about any other interesting things going on close to you around the world :)... G'night..


renilde said...

Hey Olga, seems that several of your previous posts haven't appeared on my bloglist... but i can see and read them now :)

i love the art of Weiwei, he is really trying to make a difference, i saw a documentary of the making of his sunflowerseeds, with his project many chinese man and woman were able to earn an income, patiently painting all these stripes on the seeds. Very remarkable man.
I did not hear about the underwater art, it is super, thanks for the tip.
Hope you are well and happy, have fun in Gdansk, xx

Paralelo Longe said...

Hi my dear Olga,

London is REALLY the bid town show. About WeiWei I've been following his carear and all the political problems his voice has raised in his country. It's always a problem amoung the selfish and the enviest people to become known and respect. It looks like in many countries that turns people in a target to shoot down. I really respect Weiwei position. He simply doesn't care AT ALL to whatever repressions inflicted.

I heard that there was an exhibition in New York to raise money to his cause, which was a huge sucess and Wei Wei is now one of the most known artists abroad one country.He's being really clever to use his influence towards good causes.

Hope all artists could be like that. Here's a good example to all world.

HUGS and looking so much forward to see you :)

Wini said...

Dear Olga, what a fascinating post! LOVE the video, and the gorgeous colours. Love the sunflower seeds installation and underwater exhibit too. Ai Wei Wei is such an interesting man! What a shame that he was detained. Have a lovely weekend in Gdansk! Wini xo