Two Ai Weiwei shows cancelled in China, but solo exhibition in Denmark goes ahead
Foreign institutions have already expressed an interest in collaborating, says Louisiana Museum curator
By Clemens Bomsdorf. Web only
Published online: 23 February 2011
HUMLEBAEK. Chinese artist Ai Weiwei might have cancelled two exhibitions in China, which were due to open at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing in March (one retrospective of his work, “F For Fake”, and one he was due to curate) after UCCA asked them to be suspended “for political reasons”. But there are no such problems with his first solo exhibition in a Scandinavian museum, which is due to open in November (until February 2012) at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark.
“Ai Weiwei’s work fits very well with the concept of our museum working with architecture and different media,” Anders Kold, the exhibition’s curator told The Art Newspaper. It has not yet been decided whether the museum will acquire any of the works due to go on show.
The Chinese artist is proving to be man of the moment, with several exhibitions currently ongoing. His exhibition at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, which opened last October will close in May. “The show at Tate inspired us, but it is important to present something different,” said Kold. “Foreign institutions have already contacted us regarding possible collaboration,” he added. “It is an option, but it is too early for a decision.” Kold would not confirm where these institutions are based, but The Art Newspaper understands that they are in another Nordic country. Copenhagen and Beijing-based Danish gallery Faurschou are also currently showing an exhibition of Ai Weiwei's work (until 27 March).
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