THE Blenheim Art Foundation has announced the most extensive UK exhibition to date by the Chinese artist and social activist Ai Weiwei.
Opening at Blenheim Palace on October 1 as the foundation’s inaugural exhibition, it will showcase more than 50 works by Ai Weiwei produced over the last 30 years. It features early photography dating to Ai's time in New York in the 1980s through to new works conceived in China especially for the palace.
Ai Weiwei at Blenheim Palace is the first major contemporary art exhibition to be presented in a building that dates back to 1704 and was famously the birthplace of British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.
A globally-recognized social activist, Ai Weiwei has not been able to leave China since 2011 when his passport was confiscated by Chinese government.
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