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Ai Weiwei: China’s troublesome talent

The bold vision of Ai Weiwei's art looks forward to a future beyond the control of the Communist Party

By Isabel Hilton   September 2015

© Harry Pearce, Pentagram 2015

In what will be one of London’s biggest art shows this autumn, Ai Weiwei, China’s most internationally celebrated conceptual artist, activist, photographer, architect and thorn in the flesh of the Communist Party, will be honoured at the Royal Academy with a one-man show. Few artists have received this accolade, and the exhibition is a tribute to an artist whose range of ideas and bold vision have made him one of contemporary art’s most important figures.

His achievement is unrivalled at…

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