Ai Weiwei: UK Galleries Play Host To Important New Summer Exhibitions

Two exhibitions of new work by the Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei have opened in the UK. The first at a public art gallery in Yorkshire (Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) is his first in a British public gallery since Sunflower Seeds at Tate Modern in 2010. iron tree, 2013 is a majestic six-metre high sculpture is presented in the chapel courtyard, while the installation Fairytale-1001 chairs, 2007-14, isĀ  presented inside the chapel with two other works: the porcelain Ruyi, 2012, and marble sculpture, lantern, 2014, which makes its premiere in the UK. The sculptures shown within the chapel relate to ideas about freedom and to the individual within society, whilst also connecting with the history and character of the building.


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