Following Ai Wei Wei’s studio in Shanghai being demolished by the local government, the renowned artists highly anticipated retrospective exhibition that has been cancelled because he was considered politically “too sensitive”.
“The exhibition had been nearly two years in the planning, but about three weeks ago, the gallery came to me and said that in the light of recent events, I had become too sensitive politically and they couldn’t go ahead,” adds Ai Wei Wei.
Expected to open next month, this is the latest tale of controversy to surround the talented artist is a a well known social activist and continues to have a tense relationship with the Chinese government, campaigning for greater civil liberties and highlighting cases of local injustices. While the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing’s leading contemporary art venue, have blamed the cancellation on preparations for the exhibits not being completed on time which adds fuel to the fire.
Thanks to the Telegraph for the info.