Video Friday: Ai Weiwei in Greece

Ai Weiwei has an exhibition in Athens and this short video was made to promote Ai Weiwei at Cycladic:

From the museum’s website:

The Museum of Cycladic Art (MCA) in Athens unveils Ai Weiwei at Cycladic, the artist’s first major exhibition in Greece which includes a new artwork that responds to the museum’s collection. This is the artist’s first exhibition in an archaeological museum and follows a close collaboration between Ai Weiwei and the MCA. Significant works by the Chinese artist are displayed among the museum’s renowned permanent collection.

The exhibition introduces Ai’s practice to the Greek audience through some of his most canonical works and highlights his most recent activities from the past months that he has spent in Greece documenting the refugee crisis. The exhibition looks at his recurring use of particular materials which draw parallels with Greek counterparts, such as wood and marble. Amongst the iconic pieces on display are Divina Proportione (2012), Mask (2011), Cao (2014) and Grapes (2011).

The MCA will be donating 10% of all exhibition proceeds to two NGOs; Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the Greek NGO METAdrasi, who are providing valuable aid to the refugee crisis in Greece.

  2 comments for “Video Friday: Ai Weiwei in Greece

  1. hilarymb
    August 5, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    Hi Denise – I need to see this again … he has some amazing words … but the exhibition I need to re-see – and he is right … the refugee crisis can’t get any worse … I had to look up each piece … but found some other interesting material and Ai Weiwei’s time in Greece documenting and creating works round the refugee crisis.

    Thanks … cheers Hilary

    • August 5, 2016 at 9:11 AM

      I would so love to see this, Hilary! That’s great that you looked it all up. I just think he is the best (artist and iconoclast). The only thing I have seen in person was at the Tate Modern . . . the Sunflowers Seeds exhibition.

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