Known by some as ‘the hair guy’, Shanghai-born Gu Wenda, age 61, paved the way for a new generation of avant-garde Chinese artists. Since its creation in 1993, his ongoing and most famous project United Nations has seen human hair collected from over 20 countries and then weaved into enormous installations and banners of invented languages. This fascination with themes of national identity, language and culture have fuelled Gu’s exceptional career, inspiring abstract and often radical pieces.
This time, Gu is back with an eye-popping installation of 25,000 Chinese lanterns hanging over M21 Art Museum by the Huangpu. Inside the museum is a free retrospective of some of Wenda Gu's lifetime works. For more photos, info, and to hear from the man himself, check out our interview with the legendary artist here.