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Soleil Levant
Ai Weiwei

Jun 20 – Oct 1, 2017

Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen

In 2017, ART 2030 facilitated Ai Weiwei's installation Soleil Levant (2017) on the façade of our partnering institution Kunsthal Charlottenborg, in the centre of Copenhagen, Denmark.


The name Soleil Levant stems from Claude Monet’s painting Impression, Soleil Levant from 1872, depicting the harbor of Le Havre at the end of the 1870-71 Franco-Prussian war. Whereas Monet captured the political and social reality of its time with cranes, steamboats and images of industrialization, Ai Weiwei’s Soleil Levant draws attention to the political and social realities of today, through lifejackets once worn by fleeing migrants.


With over 3,500 lifejackets collected from the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos barricading the outer wall of the Kunsthal, Soleil Levant renewed focus to the ongoing migration crisis, as well as issues surrounding the topics of equality and justice in mainstream and public discourse.

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Ai Weiwei, “Soleil Levant”, 2017. Installation view, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, 2017.
Lifejackets in front of windows of façade. Courtesy of the artist.
Photo by Anders Sune Berg.

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Ai Weiwei, “Soleil Levant”, 2017. Installation view, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, 2017.
Lifejackets in front of windows of façade. Courtesy of the artist.
Photo by Anders Sune Berg.

Artist Bio

Photo by Alfred Widinger, 2015.

Ai Weiwei (b.1957 Beijing) is one of the most respected living artists today. His artistic practice covers a wide array of mediums, from sculpture, film, photography to architecture among many others.


Always looking outwards to the world with a perspective tinted by a strong sense of justice and social conscience, Ai Weiwei is one of the great examples of an artist working with art for the world.

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Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Kongens Nytorv 21F,
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Denmark

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