Ai Weiwei at the Royal Academy

Ai Weiwei’s first major show in Britain is taking place at The Royal Academy and if you haven’t been already, we highly suggest you do so.

One piece that stands out the most is Straight. Made from 150 tons of straightened steel rebar that was collected from the remains of buildings after the Sichuan earthquake in China. On the walls either side are the names of the victims, thousands of children, despite the Chinese government’s attempt to cover this up.

In another room is Marble Stroller, featuring his child’s stroller carved from marble surrounded by marble grass, referring to the moment when Ai Weiwei caught a police informer taking photographs of him and his son during a walk in the park.

Other highlights include the Qing dynasty pots, the use of jade to carve out different objects, and a room that focuses on his imprisonment in 2011.

Throughout this exhibition there is a constant reminder of the consequences of Ai Weiwei being anti-establishment and all that he has suffered for his freedom of expression.

It’s a fascinating show – not to be missed!

“Art always wins. Anything can happen to me, but the art always stays.”

– Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei's 'Straight' at the Royal Academy

Straight, 2008–2012

AiWeiwei 'Marble Stroller' At Royal Academy

Marble Stroller, 2014

Ai Weiwei 'Vases' at Royal Academy

Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn, 1995 & Coloured Vases, 2015

Ai Weiwei 'Bicycle Chandelier' 2015

Bicycle Chandelier, 2015