Biggest ever retrospective of Ai Weiwei’s paintings opens in Vienna

Activist and critic Ai Weiwei is among the maximum necessary artists of our time.

And now the Albertina Fashionable gallery in Vienna is presenting his maximum complete retrospective so far.

‘In Seek of Humanity’ offers extensive with the facets of humanity and inventive observation within the paintings of Ai Weiwei.

The exhibition strains the evolution of his creative apply and political activism over a number of a long time.

What is on show on the exhibition?

A number of works on the exhibition centre across the thought of fleeing struggle and persecution.

For instance, Ai’s piece Crystal Ball (2017), which options an association of existence jackets amassed from the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos located round a large crystal ball in a lotus-shaped set up.

The exhibition additionally includes a life-sized copy of the jail mobile the place he was once detained and interrogated after his arrest in 2011 by way of Chinese language police.

In this identical theme of deprivation of liberty, guests can uncover the treadmill utilized by his good friend, Julian Assange, all over his keep within the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

Irreverence and humor also are provide, as within the collection of footage of Ai Weiwei’s well-known heart finger directed to websites such because the ceremonial gate of Tiananmen Sq. in Beijing.

Those images are positioned beneath a neon-lit four-letter insult studying ‘FUCK’.

A disaster of democracy

On the unveiling of his exhibition, Ai Weiwei spoke concerning the present scenario unfolding in Ukraine.

“The exhibition opening in the sort of time when Europe has greater than 2 million refugees, and Russia invaded Ukraine and we’re in the midst of unknowing, uncertainty and in addition generally is a larger disaster and the risk come to our existence, so-called a calm existence, since Global Struggle Two, 70-80 years (in the past), all at once we really feel the basis is shaking, basis of democracy, of freedom is shaking,” mentioned the famend Chinese language artist.

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‘In Seek of Humanity’ runs till 4 September 2022 on the Albertina Fashionable gallery in Vienna.

Take a look at the video above for a glance throughout the new exhibition