An artist, architectural designer and social activist, Ai Weiwei’s works employ a wide range of media. He has been openly critical of the Chinese government’s stance on democracy and record of human rights violations, investigated government corruption, and cover-ups, and was held for 81 days at an undisclosed location in 2011. Following his four years of house arrest, Chinese authorities recently returned his passport to Ai Weiwei, whereupon he left China for Germany, where he is currently staying in anticipation of the opening of a new exhibition. Ai’s son and wife have been living there.
Ai Weiwei. Ram, 2010. Gold gilded cast bronze, 25 ¼” x 20 7/8” x 14 7/8” (not including wooden stand). Courtesy of Heather James Fine Art.
The Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads exhibition will also include eighteenth-century Chinese bronze works from the Phoenix Art Museum’s collection. Curated by Dr. Janet Baker. What’s your zodiac? Share your visit with Ai Weiwei’s #zodiacheads to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram! Photography is permitted in this exhibition.
This exhibition is organized by Phoenix Art Museum. Sponsored by Heather Sacre and Jim Carona, Marilyn A. Papp, Asian Arts Council, and GFWC Desert Jade Women’s Club Endowment.
Ai Weiwei. Rabbit. 2010. Gold gilded cast bronze, 27 7/8” x 9 7/8”x 18 7/8” (not including wooden stand). Courtesy of Heather James Fine Art.
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