VENICE, ITALY - 29 MAY 2013: Detail of "S upper" (2011-2013), part of "S.A.C.R.E.D.", Ai Weiwei's new work shown at the Sant'Antonin's church in Venice, Italy, on May 29th 20113.
"S.A.C.R.E.D." (2013) is Ai Weiwei's new work addressing his 2011 arrest by the Chinese Government and the 81-day period subsequently spent in captivity. This is the first time the artist has directly responded to his incarceration through a work in a public exhibition. S.A.C.R.E.D. is composed of six parts: (i) S upper, (ii) A ccusers, (iii) C leansing, (iv) R itual, (v) E ntropy, and (vi) D oubt. This landmark work coprises six large iron boxes with small apertures - such as those found in the door of a cell - though which the viewer must peer to see the dioramas contained within. Each diorama includes large hyper-realist models of the artist and his captors, and documents the different stages of Ai Weiwei's time in incarceration.
The 55th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale takes place in Venice from June 1st to November 24th, 2013 at the Giardini and at the Arsenale as well as in various venues the city.
Gianni Cipriano for The New York TImes