Ai Weiwei; Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, Installation view of Hansel and Gretel, 2017.

Ai Weiwei; Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron

New York

Park Avenue Armory

Hansel & Gretel presented a fitting cautionary fairy tale for our post- Snowden world. This large-scale interactive installation in the Wade Thompson Drill Hall of the Park Avenue Armory was the latest collaboration between Ai Weiwei and the architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. Like their “Bird’s Nest” stadium for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and 2012 pavilion for London’s Serpentine Gallery, this commissioned project, curated by Tom Eccles and Hans-Ulrich Obrist, continued to engage with the politics of public space and the psychological effect of architecture. Built in 1861, as the Seventh Regiment militia responded to Abraham Lincoln’s call to arms, and later the site …see the entire review in the print version of March’s Sculpture magazine.