- The exhibition is the first major institutional survey of his artistic output
- It's been curated in collboration with Ai Wei Wei from his studio in Beijing.
- It includes
- significant works from 1993 - when Ai Weiwei returned to China - after more than a decade spent living in New York
- new site-specific installations and interventions across various spaces within the RA and its courtyard.
These are those videos. The first one lasts just over 5 minutes and the second one is seven minutes.
In this video, recorded at his home in Beijing, Ai Weiwei talks about his artistic influences and the role of politics in his work. This conversation took place ahead of his major exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in autumn 2015.
Ai Weiwei's monumental work 'Straight' will be the heaviest sculpture ever shown at the Royal Academy when it is installed for the artist's major exhibition in September 2015. The work is made from straightened steel reinforcing bars, salvaged from the ruins of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.
Ai Wei Wei Exhibition details:
- Dates: 19 September — 13 December)
- Days and times: Saturday – Thursday 10am – 6pm, Friday 10am – 10pm
- Venue: Main Galleries, Burlington House
- Price: £17.60 (without donation £16). Concessions available. Friends of the RA and under 16s go free.
- Tickets include a multimedia guide and Friends of the RA will receive one for free.