ai weiwei brings it to blenheim palace

Old meets new as contemporary Chinese artist Ai Weiwei brings 50 iconic artworks to Blenheim Palace

by Adam Fletcher
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20 October 2014, 6:42am

Old meets new as contemporary Chinese artist Ai Weiwei brings 50 iconic artworks to Blenheim Palace and its grounds. The work almost blends into its surroundings, but once spotted, is unsettlingly incongruous. There's a carpet of crabs, a table made from wood reclaimed from Qing Dynasty temples, the majesticCircle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Goldand a marble surveillance camera. Lord Edwards Spencer-Churchill, the founder of the Blenheim Art Foundation says, "We are delighted to be able to host an artist of the calibre and eminence of Ai Weiwei at Blenheim and hope that our new programme of contemporary art, beginning with this exhibition, will challenge and inspire our visitors." blenheimpalace.com

Ai Weiwei, Map of China, 2009, Courtesy the artist

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