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One Thousand

June 26, 2014

Have you ever seen a book that costs a thousand Euros? Maybe I should add a new book that costs a thousand Euros, as I guess that there are quite a lot of antique books out there that are worth much more.

Well, the famous TASCHEN is releasing the comprehensive story of Ai Weiwei’s life and work, which is going to cost exactly that much!

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Mr. Ai Weiwei is certainly a very interesting person who seems to come up with all kinds of fascinating ideas. Not only he is a contemporary artist (quoting Wikipedia) “active in sculpture, installation, architecture, curating, photography, film, and social, political and cultural criticism”, but he is also a “political activist, highly and openly critical of the Chinese Government’s stance on democracy and human rights“, who in 2011 was arrested and held in prison for 81 days without any official charges being filed.

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I found out about Ai Weiwei several years ago (it must have been in 2010), while visiting Tate Modern. At the time they had his Sunflower Seeds on display and I didn’t think much to them before I found out that all of them were handmade porcelain seeds. Apparently there were 100.000.000 of them and they weighed 150 tons! The next awe moment accured when I went back home and watched a video about these seeds being made. If you’d like to watch it, please click here.

Anyway, the book. How can it cost one thousand Euros? What’s in it?

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It’s definitely a collectors item, as it’s a limited edition of only one thousand copies, all signed by the artist himself. According to the review on the TASCHEN website “it explores the artist’s particular brand of expression and activism over more than 700 pages of images and text”. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Sadly it’s something only for collectors with big pockets…

(More information about the book can be found here.)

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Images for this post came from the TASCHEN website.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 27, 2014 12:35 am

    Very interesting:) Thank you.

    • June 29, 2014 5:29 pm

      Glad you liked this post. Thank you for coming back and leaving comments. K.

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