Top
Free Speech, 2014

Design And Decorative Arts

Double-sided hand painted porcelain brooch/pendant/sculpture.

5.50 x 4.00 x 0.08 in

14.0 x 10.2 x 0.2 cm

Edition of 60

Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity hand signed and numbered by artist.

$10,000
Inquire

About The Work

In the 1990s, Ai Weiwei began collecting Chinese antiques and furniture and integrating them into his artistic practice as a means of addressing historical and cultural values in the context of art. The present work is Ai's reinterpretation of the traditional pendants carried by Chinese individuals as a marker of social status. This type of ornamentation originally began as early as the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) as pendants intended to attract desirable qualities such as luck, wealth, rank and longevity.

The writing or markings on traditional pieces would commonly refer to the owner's family or clan, but here, with this hand painted porcelain work of art, he has replaced this with text reading "Free Speech", a simple but powerful call to action.

 

 

 

About Ai Weiwei

From The Magazine

  • Ships in 10 to 14 business days from New York.
  • This work is final sale and not eligible for return.
  • Questions about this work?
  • Interested in other works by this artist or other artists? We will source them for you.
  • Want to pay in installments?

Contact an Artspace Advisor

advisor@artspace.com


DISCOVER

a treasure trove of fine art from the world's most renowned artists, galleries, museums and cultural institutions. We offer exclusive works you can't find anywhere else.

LEARN

through exclusive content featuring art news, collecting guides, and interviews with artists, dealers, collectors, curators and influencers.

BUY

authentic artworks from across the globe. Collecting with us means you're helping to sustain creative culture and supporting organizations that are making the world a better place.

CONNECT

with our art advisors for buying advice or to help you find the art that's perfect for you. We have the resources to find works that suit your needs.

INSIDER ACCESS TO THE WORLD'S BEST ART

Artspace offers you authentic, exclusive works from world-renowned artists, galleries, museums and cultural institutions. Collecting with us helps support creative culture while bringing you art news, interviews and access to global art resources.

  • COLLECT FROM 300+ GALLERIES & MUSEUMS