Ai WeiWei at the Royal Academy of Arts | London

Anish Kapoor and Ai WeiWei photographed by Flo Kohl at the Royal Academy of Arts on the opening of Ai’s major exhibition.


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On the morning of the 17th of September, the pair began their 8-mile walk through London to raise awareness for the current refugee situation around the world, in an act of solidarity.

Beginning at the Royal Academy of Arts where Ai exhibits his latest body of work, the walk continued down Piccadilly and further through London ending at the Olympic Park in Stratford, where Kapoor’s Orbit watches over the ever-changing area of East London.

Londoners were invited to join the walk at any stage, with Kapoor commenting (at The Guardian) “It is an act of solidarity and minimal action – we like that spirit”.


Ai WeiWei’s exhibition opens to the public on Saturday the 19th of September 2015 and was curated in collaboration with Ai from his studio in Beijing. Surely an exhibition not to miss, the Chinese artists works have been gathered to create a telling story of his lifes work.

Ai’s remarkable ‘Tree’ sculptures, made from wood coming from the mountains of rural China are a pleasant greeting as you enter the Royal Academy of Arts, and what await you inside are even mores thought-provoking.

New works have been created specifically for the gallery, and other works have been compiled from the time he returned to China from the US in 1993 until the present day.

Some works are politically-charged and communicating recent moments when he was detained and unable to travel outside of China since 2011. These new works have been made especially for the exhibition, and are positively challenging: referencing and bringing to light topics in contemporary Chinese art and society worldwide.


Ai WeiWei

19th September until 13th December 2015

Main Galleries, Burlington House | Royal Academy of Arts London