Ai Weiwei takes over Le Bon Marché in Paris

The controversial Chinese artist Ai Weiwei turns the historic retail space into his playground with an expansive exhibition titled “Er Xi, Air de Jeux” (or Child’s Play). The whimsical exhibition features kites rendered in bamboo, an item that harks back to the artist’s own childhood. In addition to the bamboo kites, the store’s windows will feature two-dimensional bamboo frames, while a dragon rendered in woven bamboo will snake through the store’s gallery space.

Photos by Gabriel de la chapelle

“Introducing the fantastic within a retail space strikes the imagination of customers, visitors, passersby. We all lead parallel lives in this other world of dreams, fantasies and feats. We must learn to coexist with them as they are an integral part of our humanity; to embrace our mythology. Children know how to do this naturally. This exhibition speaks to our inner child,” Ai Weiwei

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