Ai Weiwei

Hands without Bodies, 2017

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Lot 7
47.0 x 13.0 cm (18.5 x 5.1 in)
Edition of 50


This work ships from Berlin, Germany.


Hands without Bodies is a life-sized work created in celadon-glazed porcelain, reflecting the artist’s deep commitment to the belief that the future of humanity relies on the strength of the connections between people. The piece was commissioned by the Israel Museum following his 2017 exhibition at the Museum.

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The work which will be on display 9th-16th January is a prototype. The edition will be shipped from Berlin.Please note the shipping locations for artworks below:
Until 16th February:
PHILLIPS, 110-112 Morden Road, Mitcham, Surrey, CR4 4DA United Kingdom

From 16th February:
Williams & Hill
Space Waye, Feltham TW14 0TH United Kingdom

About Ai Weiwei

Perhaps the best known contemporary artist of the present day, as well as the most controversial, Ai Weiwei's (Chinese, b. 1957) oeuvre spans a plethora of mediums: sculpture, photography, filmmaking, and architecture. Irreverent and unafraid of making waves, he boldly takes on the topics of nationalism, politics, consumerism, and the rise of globalism in his work, leading to several clashes with the Chinese government and his temporary house arrest in 2010. Weiwei's work regularly adopts and reimagines traditional Chinese crafts, such as porcelain, gongsh ("scholar rocks"), decorative arts, and bronze statuary. His architectural achievements include the erection of the Bird's Nest for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.