'In 2007, Ai Weiwei, the well-known Chinese artist, architect, curator, and filmmaker, presented Fairytale at documenta 12 in Kassel: he invited 1,001 Chinese citizens of different ages and from various backgrounds to Germany to experience Europe's most innovative five-yearly art event and live their own fairytale for 28 days... Although widely discussed in the press, the project hardly found commentaries worthy of it in terms of scope and interest. Thus, the publication intends to bring forth and reflect upon it by publishing an extensive documentation, which, in this particular case, is an integral part of the project, as well as by soliciting critical commentaries a posteriori, and from a diverse range of viewpoints.

'The book thus includes texts commissioned from several authors—Daniel Birnbaum, Director of Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Roger B. Buergel, Artistic Director of documenta 12; Raphael Gygax, Curator at the Migros Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Zurich; Christian Holler, Editor of Springerin magazine, Vienna; and Catherine Wood, Curator of Contemporary Art/ Performance at Tate Modern, London—an interview realized at the opening of documenta by Fu Xiao-Dong, as well as documents, photographs, and questionnaires produced over the course of the project.

'In the end this book highlights the conditions of production of a work which notably called into question the foundations of participation in documenta as a "global" manifestation of contemporary art, and of which the ideological, curatorial, and artistic parameters become more and more problematic with each new edition.' (back cover)
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Conversation between Ai Wei Wei and Fu Xiao-Dong Regarding the Work Fairytale
Meeting Alterity - Roger M. BUERGEL
Extra Fairy Tale?! - Raphael GYGAX
Fictionalising the Social Script - Catherine WOOD
Like a Machine or an Animal? Fairytale as a Mirror of Geo-Cultural Dynamics - Christian HÖLLER
Ai Weiwei Interviewed by Daniel Birnbaum
Ai Weiwei: Fairytale: A Reader
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Ai Weiwei: Fairytale: A Reader