15 October 2018 - 7 Heshvan 5779 - ז' חשון ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei debuts exhibition in Israel E-mail

For the first time, an exhibition by renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei is on view at the Israel Museum. It will run through to 28 October.

Ai Weiwei is considered one of the most prominent cultural figures of the 21st century. Known for his monumental works combining large-scale installations with traditional Chinese handicrafts, he addresses contemporary issues including human rights, freedom of expression, the refugee crisis, the treatment of immigrants and government censorship.

Spread across a number of the Museum’s galleries, the “Ai Weiwei: Maybe, Maybe Not” exhibition debuts new works and displays a series of installations that examine the relationship between individuals and their vast social culture.

Ai Weiwei’s new monumentally scaled Iron Tree – towering over 8 metres tall and weighing 14 tons – greets visitors as they enter along the Museum’s promenade.

Inside, iconic installations, including Trees, Soft Ground and Sunflower Seeds, are presented together with complementary works by the artist. He is renowned for making strong aesthetic statements that also resonate with timely phenomena across today’s geopolitical world.

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