major ai weiwei retrospective to open in a renaissance palace
Opening in September, the exhibition will span the entirety of Florence's Palazzo Strozzi.
Following on from London's very own major Ai Weiwei retrospective at the Royal Academy of Arts in 2015, the provocative Chinese artist is set to receive another career-spanning European exhibition, at the Palazzo Strozzi, an international arts and cultural institution housed in a grand Renaissance palace in Florence, Italy.
Exhibition curator, and Director of Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Arturo Galansino, explains that he has "been working for almost a year to ensure that Palazzo Strozzi hosts the first major exhibition in Italy of the work of Ai Weiwei, one of the most iconic and influential personalities of our time."
"Ai Weiwei's work, combining political activism, autobiography and formal research as it does, speaks to us of major themes in a powerful, direct manner, using artistic vocabulary and tools that bestride East and West," Galansino continues, added that, "Hosting a retrospective of this nature in Florence means viewing the city as a modern cultural capital, not simply pegged to the vestiges of its past but able, at long last, to play an active role out in the forefront of artistic developments in our own era."
Text Charlotte Gush
Photography Alfred Weidinger