Palazzo Strozzi is presenting the exhibition Ai Weiwei. Libero from Sept. 23 to Jan. 22, 2017.
A dissident artist with a leading voice, Ai Weiwei is known world- wide as much for his challenging contemporary art practice as for his political activism. Over the past twenty years, he has become a leading voice in the international art scene and China’s most famous living artist.
Ai Weiwei will be the first to exhibit in all the spaces of Palazzo Strozzi, as he will showcase works from the façade of the palace and the courtyard to the piano nobile and the Strozzina gallery, enriching the architecture of Palazzo Strozzi, a 15th century palace built as a political statement.
The exhibition includes monumental installations, sculptures, videos and photographs ranging from his years living in New York – the 1980s and ’90s, when he discovered his ‘masters’ Andy Warhol and Marcel Duchamp – to the large iconic works from the early 2000s consisting of objects such as bicycles and stools, to his recent, controversial and engaged works such as the portraits of political dissidents built with Lego bricks and his projects on the Mediterranean immigration crisis. Known for his activism and meticulous artistic research, Ai Weiwei has become a symbol of resistance against censorship.
The showcase at Palazzo Strozzi will offer one the opportunity to explore his creative genius and narrative, allowing critical insight into the artist’s ambiguous relations with China. The most important characteristics of his art are the denunciation of the inconsistencies and gaps between the individual and the community, and a strong sense of rebellion against any form of authority.