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Ai Weiwei Collabs With Toy Designer To Create Giant Nude Sculptures

Ai Weiwei Collabs With Toy Designer To Create Giant Nude Sculptures
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The Chinese artist has partnered with Eric So for a group of rounded caricatures that reference his naked portrait series that was banned by the Chinese government.

Emma Hutchings
  • 30 january 2013

Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei collaborated with the Hong Kong-based toy designer Eric So for a line of sculptures that look like rounded rubber toys. If the figures in the series, titled ‘Aibudao’ (which means ‘Unlovable’ in Chinese), look familiar it’s because they are caricatures of the artist.

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The nude figures with spiky hair are colored in red, brown, and black. They were created as a reference to Weiwei’s nude portrait series, which the Chinese government criticized and dismissed as pornography.

Designboom notes that the ‘Aibudao’ sculptures were on view at Art Stage Singapore 2013 in the Singapore Museum of Art & Design‘s booth.

Singapore Museum of Art & Design

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