Ai Weiwei’s ‘According to What’ exhibition opens in the U.S
At the Brooklyn Museum
Despite not being able to travel internationally and therefore attend the opening of his exhibition in Brooklyn, Weiwei's artistic expression is translated via a plethora of mediums commenting of topics such as tradition, history, politics and culture.
The new exhibition features over 30 artworks spanning two decades of Weiwei's career, which spotlight issues of freedom of expression, as well as individual and human rights both in China and globally. Many of the pieces use minimal forms and methods, while others manipulate traditional furniture, ancient pottery, and daily objects in ways that question cultural values and challenge political authority.
The artist is best known for his collaborations with Herzog & de Meuron on the 2008 Beijing Olympic National Stadium, as well as his embrace of the Internet and social media as a platform for his activism. Despite his arrest and eighty-one-day detention in 2011, he has continued to create art that transcends dualities between East and West.
Ai Weiwei: According to What? runs until August 10 and is organised by the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo. It is curated by Mami Kataoka, Mori Art Museum Chief Curator, and the Brooklyn presentation is organized by Sharon Matt Atkins, Managing Curator of Exhibitions, Brooklyn Museum.