Until 13th December 2015
In the museum’s Main Galleries, visitors can discover some of his most compelling works including two immense panels listing the names of the 2060 child victims of the Sichuan earthquake in 2008. A little further on, there are the installations in wood and ironwork that came from the sacred temples destroyed in the urbanisation of China during the 80s. Thanks to this impressive retrospective, visitors to the Royal Academy of Arts London will have a chance to study this post-modern artist and his exceptional career. In creating his works, the visionary sculptor Ai Weiwei has transcended cultural and political frontiers and shown us reality in a new light. Recognised worldwide for his art, Ai Weiwei is architect, archaeologist, poet and activist. According to Tim Marlow, the Royal Academy of Art’s Artistic Director, “Ai Weiwei is a visual poet, transforming materials and meaning as part of his practice, as is fundamental to art”.
As son of the famous poet Ai Qing, the artist particularly drew on the sense of paradox in Marcel Duchamp’s work and fashioned a subtle art of communication whilst young and in New York, from the early 80s to 1993. Staying close to his public, Ai Weiwei is omnipresent on the Web. It was in fact on his Twitter account that he announced he would attend the opening of this first ever retrospective, to everyone’s delight. This is a bold tribute to one of the greatest practitioners of Chinese contemporary art.
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Place : Royal Academy of Arts
Address : Burlington House-Piccadilly London W1JOBD
District : Mayfair
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