Born in Beijing in 1957, Ai Weiwei is one of the most significant and outspoken artists to emerge from China in recent decades. As an artist, architect, writer, filmmaker and political activist, he has been highly and openly critical of the Chinese government’s stance on democracy and human rights. The Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens hosts a major exhibition which is the artist’s first exhibition within an archeological museum and in the country of Greece. This exhibition introduces audiences to his practice through many of his significant works, placing them within the museums renowned collection. Ai Weiwei also unveils new works inspired by the permanent archeological collection of the museum. The exhibition explores his use of materials often associated with antiquity such as marble, as well as the craftsmanship and traditional techniques of wood. Through this he creates dialogue with ancient Cycladic art, giving poignancy to the display in an archeological museum. The 25 artworks on display include celebrated works Grapes (2011), Divina Proportione (2012), Mask (2011), Cao (2014), as well as a new, unseen work inspired by the museum’s significant archeological collection.
10% of all exhibition takings, merchandise sales and sponsorship funds will go directly to a number of hand selected NGOs working throughout Greece to help the refugee crisis.
Museum of Cycladic Art (MCA)
4, Neofytou Douka str. / Vas. Sophias & Hrodotou 1
106 74 Athens Greece
Opening Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat: 10.00-17.00; Thu: 10.00-20.00; Sun: 11.00-17.00; Tue closed
T: (+30) 210 7228321-3