Ai Weiwei is well-known globally as a provactive and prolific artist, but his work has not been shown in North America as often as we'd expect. The Chinese artist still can not leave his country, but his work is currently traveling our continent in a five venue exhibition tour that includes the Smithsonian’s Hirshorn Museum, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and opening this week at the Art Gallery of Ontario. 

The exhibition, entitled "Ai Weiwei: According to What?" is a large survey of Weiwei's work from the past 30 thirty years and will include photography, sculptures, video, and large installation pieces. Among the pieces included are Snake Ceiling, Grapes, Straight, and Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads, which was installed at Nathan Phillips Square in advance of the exhibition. "Ai Weiwei: According to What?" explores many of Weiwei's usual themes of politics, tradition, and culture, but does so on a larger scale. The opening at the Art Gallery of Ontario on August 17 will be the only Canadian stop on the tour so we think it wise to plan accordingly and see the exhibition while you can. Visit the AGO website for more information.

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[via ArtGalleryofOntario