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Ai Weiwei at Cycladic Art Museum

This post has been long overdue… A couple of months ago, I had the awesome opportunity to go to the opening night of Ai Weiwei exhibition in Athens, and get to meet the eminent artist himself! The Museum of Cycladic Art (MCA) in Athens unveiled Ai Weiwei at Cycladic, the artist’s first major exhibition in Greece, which includes a new artwork responding to the museum’s collection. This is the artist’s first exhibition in an archaeological museum and follows a close collaboration between Ai Weiwei and the MCA. Significant works by the Chinese artist are displayed among the museum’s renowned permanent collection.

The exhibition introduces Ai’s practice to the Greek audience through some of his most canonical works and highlights his most recent activities from the past months that he has spent in Greece, documenting the refugee crisis. The exhibition looks at his recurring use of particular materials, which draw parallels with Greek counterparts, such as wood and marble. Amongst the iconic pieces on display are Divina Proportione (2012), Mask (2011), Cao (2014) and Grapes (2011).

The MCA will be donating 10% of all exhibition proceeds to two NGOs; Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the Greek NGO METAdrasi, who are providing valuable aid to the refugee crisis in Greece.
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Standing Figure, 2016 Marble, 188 x 80 x 58 cm photo Paris Tavitian ©Museum of Cycladic Art

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Chandelier, 2015 Copper, crystal and light fixtures, 400 x 240 x 230 cm photo Paris Tavitian ©Museum of Cycladic Art

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Surveillance Camera with Plinth, 2015 Marble, 120 x 52 x 52 cm photo Paris Tavitian ©Museum of Cycladic Art

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Tear Bottle/Tear Gas Canister, 2016 Photo Paris Tavitian © Museum of Cycladic Art

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Cao, 2014 Marble, 20 x 22 x 25 cm each Photo Paris Tavitian © Museum of Cycladic Art

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Rebar & Case, 2014 Huali wood, marble and foam, dimensions variable Photo Paris Tavitian © Museum of Cycladic Art

PS I also found this awesome book “Ai Weiwei’s Blog” (and thought it was very appropriate to get) @cycladicmuseumshop !

 

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