Ai Weiwei’s artwork arrives in Örebro today

Press release. Örebro, June 3, 2015

Photo: Private archive / Ai Weiwei and Lars Jonnson in China

Picture: private archive / Ai Weiwei and Lars Jonnson in China, 2014

With artists continuously arriving in Örebro, the exhibition preparations ahead of the opening of OpenART 2015 have entered the construction and installation phase. While most of the participating artists will be on site to work with their pieces, some of them will not participate in person.

Such is the case with Ai Weiwei, in house arrest since 2011. Ai Weiwei is China’s, if not the world’s most famous dissident artist and one of the leading cultural figures of his generation. For OpenART, Ai Weiwei created a site-specific artwork that comments on the mundane and repetitive work performed by workers in China. The installation consists of 390 workers’ uniforms that are going to be hanged along Köpmangatan.

The artwork arrives in Örebro today, in a container shipped from China. The installation of the artwork is expected to start on the 5th of June and last for four days.

11 artists already in Örebro. A total of 50 expected to come in the next 10 days

In 2015, OpenART showcases 72 artists from 19 countries in Europe, Asia, USA and South America. This year’s edition of OpenART features as well the participation of 35 students from art schools and academies in Scandinavia.

50 of all the participating artists, as well as students from Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm and the Academy of Fine Arts in Helskini are travelling to Örebro to prepare their artworks for installation.

Some of the artists have already arrived in Örebro to either create site-specific artworks or prepare the existing pieces for mounting on site. Most of the artists receive technical support from OpenART and volunteers.

About 130 artworks are to be installed by latest June 12 on more than 70 indoors and outdoors locations in the centre of Örebro.

Artists currently in Örebro, as of June 3

Alicia Martin (Spain)
Site-specific installation

Ana Jagodic (Slovenia)
Site-specific installation and video work

Antonio O’Connell (Mexico)
Site-specific installation

Bildfobi (duo consisting of Fredric Ilmarson and Tomas Nilsson, Sweden)
Site-specific installation

Cheng Dapeng (China)
Site-specific installation

Helena Mutanen (Sweden)

Johan Sunesson (Sweden)
Installation and sculpture

Michael McGillis (USA)
Sculpture and installations

Peter Johansson (Sweden)
Installations and sculpture

Roger Rigorth (Switzerland)
Site-specific installation

For a complete list of all arrivals, and details about the construction and installation of artworks, please contact OpenART. Interviews with the artists can be organized on request.