Ai Weiwei to host first exhibition in Athens to highlight plight of refugees

10 April 2016
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Prominent Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei will hold his first solo exhibition in Athens which will include works created in his studio in Lesvos, at the Museum of Cycladic Art, from May 20 to October 30 this year.

Ai set up a studio on the island of Lesvos earlier this year to create art dedicated to the plight of the refugees and migrants who make the perilous journey to Europe. In February, he showcased his first project affected by the refugee crisis in Berlin, when he covered the entrance of the city’s concert hall, with the orange life jackets used by refugees.

According to the museum, this is the first time his work will be exhibited in an archaeological museum. ”

The artist’s show, titled Ai Weiwei at Cycladic”, will feature previous work exhibited abroad, such as Grapes (2011), Divina Proportione (2012), Mask (2011) and Cao (2014), as well as new works, inspired by the refugee crisis and a new marble sculpture inspired by the archeological collection in the museum.

The museum also announced that 10 pct of the proceeds from tickets, sales and sponsorships will go directly to carefully selected NGOs which are active in tackling the refugee crisis in Greece.

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