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October 20, 2017

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An eye for an Ai

If your familiarity with Chinese artist (and dissident) Ai Weiwei begins and ends with his 81-day detention in 2011 or with Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium, which he co-designed for the 2008 Olympics, then the North American premiere of Ai Weiwei: According to What? is your chance to get up to contemporary-art speed. Organized by Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum, the major show is on now through February 24, 2013 at Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC. It’ll make four stops on the continent, including one at Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario in August 2013. Twenty five pieces are on view from photos to sculptures to installations, and audio and video works too. Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads is a huge 12-part outdoor sculptural suite that’s also on view at the Hirshhorn until February 24. Admission to the museum is free. tel: (202) 633-1000; hirshhorn.si.edu

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