I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
Contemporary art disregards pathos. It is one of the very few unspoken rules. What if, though, pathos wasn’t meant to be part of the work? It grew alongside the artist’s good intentions while elaborating on burning issues with (preferably) political background. It ain’t hard to loose it and let oneself fall for a pathetic – or worse, “Pornomiserian” – artwork, where form triumphs over content and nothing sounds serious anymore.
A remarkable installation titled Law of the Journey by Ai Weiwei is going to leave the National Gallery in Prague on 7th of January 2018. After more than half a year of settling in Prague, this enormous artwork is departing from Velka Dvorana. Will anyone miss it… Hmm hard to imagine. Yet I couldn’t stop myself from organizing this intervention that somewhat comments on this work by our Chinese superstar.
A pop-up exhibition celebrating the closure of The Law of the Journey both mocks Weiwei’s grandiose installation and simply shows different attempts of dealing with difficult topics via the means of art. Farewell Ai!
|Artist||Gili Avissar, Barbora Fastrová, Roel van der Linden NLD, Martin Lukáč, Tymon Nogalski, Johana Pošová, Vincent Rumahloine, Jana Shostak|
|Exhibition||Goodbye Ai WeiWei!|
|Place / venue||INI Project, Prague|
|Curated by||Piotr Sikora|
|Index||Barbora Fastrová Gili Avissar INI Project Jana Shostak Johana Pošová Martin Lukáč Piotr Sikora Roel van der Linden NLD Tymon Nogalski Vincent Rumahloine|