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Ai Weiwei at Blenheim Palace

I visited this exhibition, while on a family visit to the palace.  It included a number of photographs of famous sights from around the world with Ai Weiwei’s pointed finger included in each shot.  A bit like a finger selfie.  While there was some appeal in the vivid images, the inclusion of the finger was too eccentric for my taste.

Here is what Blenheim’s website said about the exhibition:

“The immensely popular contemporary art exhibition ‘Ai Weiwei at Blenheim Palace’ is now extended until April 2015.

Following the launch of the new Blenheim Art Foundation in autumn, which brings an exciting new programme of contemporary art by leading international artists to the Palace, celebrated Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s largest UK exhibition, ‘Ai Weiwei at Blenheim Palace’, is now extended until 30th April 2015. More than 50 artworks on display in the Palace and surrounding Formal Gardens will remain installed, following the exhibition’s success when it opened at Blenheim Palace in October 2014.

Artworks range from photographs taken by Ai Weiwei whilst living in New York during the 1980s, through to a large carpet made especially for the exhibition, which is on display in the Great Hall. Further artworks include a table formed from wood reclaimed from temples dating to the Qing Dynasty (1644 -1911), intricately hand-painted porcelain plates, and Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold, Ai Weiwei’s reinterpretation of the legendary bronze zodiac head statues that once surrounded the fountain-clock at Emperor Yuanming Yuan’s Beijing imperial retreat. Our newly-refurbished room located in the Stables Courtyard will, for the first time, be used as a gallery space.”

I’ve separately researched Ai Weiwei’s New York work and it will be the subject of a future blog post.

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