Exhibition: Ai Weiwei @RA, London

 Chosen for  THERESPONSIVEI.COM  by Eva Zanardi  

Ai Weiwei at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, LAST DAYS! 19 September — 13 December 2015

Ai Weiwei takes over the Royal Academy of Arts main galleries with brave, provocative and visionary works. Ai became widely known in Britain after his sunflower seeds installation in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in 2010 but this is the first major institutional survey of his work ever held in the UK and it bridges over two decades of his extraordinary career. Curated in collaboration with Ai Weiwei from his studio in Beijing, RA presents some of his most important works from the time he returned to China from the US in 1993 right up to present day. Among new works created specifically for RA’s galleries and courtyard are a number of large-scale installations, as well as works showcasing everything from marble and steel to tea and glass. With typical boldness, the chosen works explore a multitude of challenging themes, drawing on his own experience to comment on creative freedom, censorship and human rights, as well as examining contemporary Chinese art and society.

Pictures courtesy of “The Responsive I” ©2015 The Responsive I, All Rights Reserved

Ai Wei Wei, "Bed", 2004

Ai Weiwei, “Bed”, 2004, Recycled Qing Dinasty Ironwood

Ai Weiwei, "Straight", 2008-12

Ai Weiwei,”Straight”, 2008-12, Steel reinforcing bars; Names of the Student Earthquake Victims (not shown)

 

Ai Weiwei. "Finger", 2014

Ai Weiwei. “Finger”, 2014, Black and White Wallpaper

Ai Weiwei, "Marble Stroller", 2014

Ai Weiwei, “Marble Stroller”,(detail) 2014, Marble

Ai Wei Wei, "He Xie", 2011

Ai Weiwei, “He Xie”, 2011, Porcelain River Crabs

Ai Weiwei "Grapes", 2010,

Ai Weiwei “Grapes”, 2010, Cluster of Qing Dinasty Stools

Ai Weiwei, "Bicycle Chandelier", 2015

Ai Weiwei, “Bicycle Chandelier”, 2015, Bicycles and Crystals

Ai Weiwei, "Coloured Vases", 2015

Ai Weiwei, “Coloured Vases”, 2015 (detail). Twelve Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) and four Neolithic (5000–3000 BC) vases with industrial paint

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