Ai Weiwei: Teahouse, 2009

05.02.2011 to 07.06.2012
Museum für Asiatische Kunst

'Teahouse, 2009' is an iconic work by the most famous Chinese conceptual artist working today, Ai Weiwei (born in 1957 in Beijing). From 5 February 2011, the work will be on display in one of the museum's main rooms, after being presented as a permanent loan from Dieter and Si Rosenkranz.

A total of 180 x 120 x 180 cm in size, the teahouse is composed of 378 cubes and 54 prisms of compressed pu'er tea and is surrounded by a 'lawn' of scattered tea leaves. The teahouse couples outward purity of form with an imposing physical presence that is heightened by the smell the material emits. As a result, it exudes an aura of sensual lyricism as well as providing conceptual inspiration for the viewer.

Installed in the throne room of the East Asian art collection, the teahouse corresponds with the surrounding objects on show from Chinese literary culture, as well as artworks that document both the illustrious era of Imperial China and the exchange between east and west, thereby provoking a wide range of associations. The presentation of this new artwork in such a context perfectly conforms to the museum's aims to shed new light on its collection through interventions by contemporary artworks that encourage a dialogue between tradition and modernity.

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Please note that due to preparations for the transfer to the Humboldt Forum the Collection of South, Southeast, and Central Asian Art on the ground floor, that contains, amongst others, the famous 'Turfan' collection as well as art from India, have been closed since 11 January 2016.

Extended opening time Fri 6 to Sun 8 January 2017
Over the weekend of 7–8 January, the Ethnologisches Museum and the Museum für Asiatische Kunst will open their doors for the last time at their current location, before preparing in readiness for the move to Humboldt Forum. For this reason, the opening hours on this weekend will be extended and special events will be on offer.
Fri 6 January 2017: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sat 7 January 2017: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sun 8 January 2017 : 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

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