Details
AI WEIWEI (B. 1957)
Kui hua zi (Sunflower seeds)
100 kilograms of handmade porcelain sunflower seeds
dimensions variable
Executed in 2010, this work is number ten from an edition of ten unique variants

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Provenance
Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner in 2010.
Literature
D. Barrett, 'Ai Weiwei: Sunflower Seeds.', in Art Monthly, Feb 2011, no. 343, pp. 24-25.
Z. Bo, 'From Gongren to Gongmin: A Comparative Analysis of Ai Weiwei's Sunflower Seeds and Nian.', in Journal of Visual Art Practice 11, September 2012, no. 2, pp. 117-133 (illustrated, p. 118).
Ai Weiwei, exh. cat., Tilburg, De Pont Museum, 2012 (illustrated, p. 13).
S. Hancox, 'Art, activism and the geopolitical imagination: Ai Weiwei's 'Sunflower Seeds.’', in Journal of Media Practice, 2012, pp. 3 and 279-290 (illustrated, p. 281).
P. Duro (ed.), 'Theorizing Imitation in the Visual Arts: Global Contexts.', in Art History, 2015, Volume 37, Issue 4.
H. W. Holzwarth (ed.), Ai Weiwei, Cologne 2016 (illustrated, pp. 195 and 434-441).
Exhibited
London, Tate Modern, The Unilever Series: Ai Weiwei: Sunflower Seeds, 2010-2011.
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