24 November 2016
Florence’s Palazzo Strozzi is hosting a solo exhibition dedicated to non-conformist Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei. Arturo Galansino, the director of the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, is curating the exhibition, which will continue until January 22nd, 2017. The building, dating back to the Renaissance, is invaded by the artist’s creativity, from floor to façade. The windows are framed by gigantic, orange lifeboats, a stark commentary on migrants’ destinies after arriving on the shores of Sicily. Inside, a series of “historic” works made from everyday objects are on display, as well as more modern ones, including tiny Lego portraits. The ground floor is filled with photos and videos of the artist at work in his studio, surrounded by a host of cats. The collection illustrates how for the artist, art is life. “I never separate art from other activities”, he says. “Politics always have an impact on my work, and I do not stop being an artist when I am involved in human rights. Everything is art, everything is political”.