Ai Wei Wei creates an epic mural in Chile to honor of the poet Pablo Neruda of nearly 10,000 square feet
Ai Wei Wei’s first project in Latin America, in the mark of the exhibition Of Bridges and Borders, honors the Noble Prize- winning poet Pablo Neruda in the city where he lived. The monumental work, titled A Pablo (To Pablo), is situated in the cultural center Parque Cultural de Valparaíso, in Chile.
The mural painting is nearly 10,000 square feet in size. It expands the entire façade of the prison turned into a cultural center and arts park. The mural features the Senkaku Islands, long disputed by Japan and China. The link with Neruda comes from an excerpt from “Cabo de Chile” a poem written by Wei Wei’s father, Ai Qing, who was also a friend of Neruda’s. Qing dedicated this poem to Neruda.
The epic piece is part of the exhibition Of Bridges and Borders, curated by the Swiss-Argentinian Sigismond de Vajay. The exhibition has been presented in a series of international events and this year's edition is based in Chile. This important artistic project unites 20 international contemporary artists in the Parque Cultural de Valparaíso from March 16 to May 5, 2013.
The project is based on a reflexion of the experience provoked by a world that is permanently connected, through a series of exhibitions, concerts and public interventions. The project is defined as a multidisciplinary cross cultural project that is born from a book published in 2009. From its conception, the project has been presented in 13 different countries.
The artists included in the 2013 edition are some of the biggest names in contemporary art, including the Swiss Lang/Baumann, the Belgian Hans Op de Beek, the Mexican Erick Beltrán, the Argentinian Matías Duville, and the Spanish Ignasi Aballi, among many others. The cultural diversity of the participating artists shows the project’s goal of reflecting a global contemporary memory of an artistic world made up of more bridges than borders.
Of Bridges and Borders. Parque Cultural de Valparaíso, Chile. March 16 to May 5, 2013.
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