Washington City Paper: “Ai Weiwei: According to What?” At the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden to Feb. 24 – An Ai Weiwei retrospective that follows the path of least dissidence By Kriston Capps
The Hirshhorn Museum’s “Ai Weiwei: According to What?” is the most highly anticipated exhibit to come to Washington in years. The show is a collaboration with Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum, where much of this work was shown first; it follows another collaboration with the Mori on the 2006 retrospective of Hiroshi Sugimoto, a partnership that the Hirshhorn’s chief curator, Kerry Brougher, has said made this Washington exhibit of Ai’s work possible. Its development began before Ai’s name rocketed into the headlines when he was incarcerated by Chinese authorities without explanation in 2011. But given the artist’s unusual celebrity and given the source of it, “According to What?” has special resonance. How audiences will view it has a lot to do with the state of relations between Washington and Beijing, and between Beijing and Ai.
Link to Washington Citypaper: http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/43326/ai-weiwei-according-to-what-at-the-hirshhorn-museum-reviewed/
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