Ai Weiwei Exhibition in K21 & K20 Düsseldorf
I.O.U. Wallpaper - 150 Meter Schuldscheine auf Tapete gedruckt
The field of sunflower seeds is surrounded by a continuous wall wallpaper depicting over 13,000 promissory notes in Chinese. "I.O.U." in this context stands for the colloquial abbreviation of "I owe you".
After Ai Weiwei spent 81 days in detention, the immediate payment of a tax debt of 1.7 million euros was demanded of his company. Thanks to private donations from all over the world, this sum could be paid. In return, Ai Weiwei has designed the artistically designed promissory notes, which are shown here as wall wallpaper. In addition to the names of the donors, sunflower seeds and alpaca stamps can be seen, symbolizing the donations. All donations were repaid by Ai Weiwei.
The many donors who supported Ai Weiwei's efforts to promote transparency and justice in China correspond with the 60 million sunflower seeds in the Klee Halle.
Room-filling works and large-scale wallpaper from the past four decades transform the museum rooms into dense, walk-in installations in which the contradictions of our time become plastic.
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