Enjoy Art

IMG_2579Coca Cola Vase // Ai Weiwei // 2014 // Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) // Vase with paint // 42 x 42 x 35 cm

“Enjoy Coca-Cola” is a slogan known all around the world. As someone who loves Coca-Cola, I was immediately drawn to Ai Weiwei’s Cocoa Cola Vase [now on view in the Royal Academy of Art in London]. The vase is not one Ai Weiwei created. Instead, it is a Han Dynasty vase that Ai painted over with the famed international logo. By painting over a historic ceramic to create a new work of art, Ai questions society’s view of what is important. Was the work more valuable before Ai painted it or after? This poses an interesting question on what society deems worthy. Ai doesn’t stop with the Coca Cola Vase. He continues this idea with his series of sixteen vases, twelve from the Han Dynasty and four Neolithic, that he dips in various colors of industrial paint.

IMG_7080Colored Vases // Ai Weiwei // 2015 // Twelve Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) and four Neolithic (5000-3000 BC) vases with industrial paint // dimensions variable

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