Law of the Journey by Ai Weiwei, will go on display at the National Gallery Prague from 16th March 2017 and will be a monumental installation.
Ai Weiwei is a world renowned artist and activist, having hit headlines around the world when he was imprisoned without trial for more than 2 months by the Chinese government. He has been openly critical of the Chinese government for their stance on democracy and human rights
The latest offering from the Chinese artist is a monumental installation for the Trade Fair Palace of the National Gallery Prague. The piece contains an enormous inflatable life raft with huge figures representing refugees. The exhibit highlights the artists longstanding concerns of the handling of the global refugee crisis.
Ai Weiwei has been represented before at National Gallery, having showcased a sculpture series called Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads in 2016. This year’s exhibit is set to dwarf that of last year and is expected to be both controversial and hard-hitting.
“When I first came to Lesbos, we found a half sunken boat there. I asked to be taken to it and sent the other people away. I wanted to experience what it was like to be there alone. It was not until then when I felt what it was like to be on a poorly equipped boat, all by myself, as an insect on a leaf in the middle of the lake. In the boat I found a baby bottle and a Bible soaked with seawater. That was when I decided to explore this, to go after all those thoughts that are in my head.” – Ai Weiwei
Ai Weiwei also has a documentary about immigrants currently in production. The movie, named Human Flow, explores the issue of refugees in his own critical way and is currently in post-production. Another piece at the exhibit, also by Ai Weiwei, is showing at the same time and is made from the thousands of pieces of clothing left behind at refugee camps and a monument to the 5000 children that died in a Chinese earthquake where more protective building techniques could have saved many of those lives.
The grand opening is set for March 16th 2017 so make sure you get yourself down to the National Gallery Prague for some hard-hitting contemporary art.