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Ai Weiwei: Bare Life opens at Kemper Art Museum in St. Louis

27 September 2019

The newly expanded and renovated Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis will reopen with a major exhibition of work by Ai Weiwei. The renowned Chinese dissident artist and activist is internationally known for rigorous, compassionate and complex artworks that address themes of political, ethical and social urgency. Ai Weiwei: Bare Life will be on view from 28 September 2019 through 5 January 2020.

The exhibition will feature more than 35 artworks created over the last two decades in a wide variety of mediums—among them sculptures, installations, photographs and films. A selection of newly conceived large-scale and site-specific projects will be placed in dialogue with some of Ai’s most iconic works and several major artworks never before exhibited in the United States. Together, these objects provide new insight into Ai’s abiding concern for human rights and the global condition of humanity while showcasing his profound engagement with Chinese culture past and present—especially the radical shifts that have characterised China in the new millennium.

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Image: Ai Weiwei: Bare Life, installation view, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, 2019. Photo:Joshua White /
Ai Weiwei: Bare Life opens at Kemper Art Museum in St. Louis
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