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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.
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