Curated in collaboration with Ai Weiwei from his studio in Beijing, Royal Academy of Arts present some of his most important visionary works from the time he returned to China from the US in 1993 right up to present day. Among new works 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 provocatively 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.
Image Credit: Ai Weiwei, “Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn,” 1995. Courtesy of the artist.