Ai Weiwei Installation to Tour U.S.


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In a rare turn of events, a new installation by contested Chinese artist Ai Weiwei will tour the U.S. starting in May. While Weiwei seldom exhibits his work in the U.S., his “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads” will make its first appearance in May.

The installation, which consists of 12 800-pound mounted bronze animal heads of the Chinese zodiac, is based on the fountain clock at the Yuanming Yuan, an 18th-century royal retreat outside Beijing. Its first scheduled destination will be near New York’s Plaza Hotel in Central Park (May 2 to July 15), possibly followed by a stop at LACMA, Houston’s Hermann Park, the Warhol Museum & Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, and the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. Additionally, Weiwei has created an identical installation to be presented at the Somerset House in London from May 12 to June 26.

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