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Taiwan hosts major retrospective of Ai Weiwei’s works

[ARTS IN BRIEF] A dramatic bicycle sculpture dominates the Ai Weiwei Absent show at Taiwan’s Taipei Fine Arts Museum

The exhibition is drawn from 21 collections of Ai Weiwei’s work created over the last 30 years, including video installations, and works made from ceramic, marble and antique objects. There is also a series of 100 photographs, taken in New York between 1983-1993 and in Beijing when he returned there in 1993.

Created especially for this exhibition, Forever Bicycles (pictured), is an installation composed of 1,200 bicycles, laid over each other in layers reaching almost 10m in height. Also on show in the museum’s lobby will be Circle of Animals, twelve giant bronze sculptures of the zodiac heads which once graced China’s Yuanming Gardens, recently on display in New York.

On why he decided to entitle the exhibition ‘absent’, Ai Weiwei said: ‘I do not feel that my absence will have any impact on the exhibition itself. If my absence influences the exhibition, then it explains that this absence is necessary.’ He added: ‘Absence itself is the current status of my art and my person, and a part of my cultural circumstance. This status endows this exhibition with special significance.’

The exhibition runs until 29 January 2012.

Ai Weiwei absent
Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Open 09:30-17:30 (Tues-Sun), 09:30-20:30 (Saturday), closed Mondays.
Until 29 January 2012

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