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Ai Weiwei’s ’Redline’ art project has been cancelled by the Yinchuan Museum of Contemporary Art

China Architecture News - Aug 27, 2016 - 15:42   17429 views

Ai Weiwei’s ’Redline’ art project has been cancelled by the Yinchuan Museum of Contemporary Art

Ai Weiwei, a rock-star of art installations, defending his political view and stand for the sake of humanism and wrong policies through his own productions worldwide, was exposed to another censorship for his stirring works/beliefs/discources. Ai Weiwei's latest artistic installation was going to be installed in the Yinchuan Museum of Contemporary Art, just pointed with 'redline' in the picture by the museum authorities to show the exact place of the project. But, Ai Weiwei's art project was cancelled with a cryptic message sent by the artistic director of the Yinchuan Museum of Contemporary Art, Suchen Hsieh, and he was saying:

''Bose [Krishnamachari, Indian artist and curator of the biennale] and I invited you to participate in this year’s Yinchuan Biennale because we sincerely admire your artwork. But things change in this world. Even though your project is full of philosophical awareness, an artist’s prestige overshadows his work. The autumn wind is blowing around us. The museum has no choice but to rescind its invitation to you. It’s very unfortunate that the conditions don’t allow us to display your artwork.

''This is the second time I must clasp my hands together and bow to you from afar. Please accept my deep apologies.''

Ai Weiwei published this message to show that how his artwork has been excluded due to his "political sensitivity". In return, as a good social media user, Weiwei responded the authorities from his Instagram page with a 173-word criticising their their divisiveness and segregation on ideology and art. He also expressed that ''art is only served as a puppet of fake cultural efforts.'' 

''Therefore I am happy not to be a part of that effort as a political decoration. I believe the real effort we should make, is in defending freedom of speech for our humanism. Only by doing so, art is worth making.''

Ai Weiwei’s ’Redline’ art project has been cancelled by the Yinchuan Museum of Contemporary Art

Ai Weiwei. Image screenshot via Youtube/Sunflower Seeds.

Here's the full response of Ai Wewei to the Yinchuan Museum of Contemporary Art:

Ai Weiwei's statement on being removed from the MoCA Yinchuan Biennale:

''I have just learnt that my artwork has been excluded due to my "political sensitivity". Censorships in communist regions have been present since the existence of the power. Yet it still comes as a surprise to me for an "international art biennale", with over a hundred international artists and a foreign curator participating, to remove a single artist for the reason of defending human rights and freedom of speech. This shows what we face is a world which is divided and segregated by ideology, and art is used merely as a decoration for political agendas in certain societies. 

China is trying to develop into a modern society without freedom of speech, but without political arguments involving higher aesthetic morals and philosophies, art is only served as a puppet of fake cultural efforts. 

Therefore I am happy not to be a part of that effort as a political decoration. I believe the real effort we should make, is in defending freedom of speech for our humanism. Only by doing so, art is worth making.''

Ai Wewei's artwork was planned to display for the Yinchuan Biennale: For an Image, Faster Than Light next month in Yinchuan. The event will start on September 9, 2016 and continue until December 18, will feature the work of more than 74 artists from 33 countries. 

Top image: Ai Wewei's art work shows the red line drawn by organizers of an exhibit at the Yinchuan Museum of Contemporary Art to indicate where Mr. Ai could place his art. Courtesy of New York Times.

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