Saturday, 27 September 2014

Alcatraz & Blenheim

There's no escaping Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei. His garbage is currently infesting Alcatraz - the former US Federal Penitentiary, now a tourist trap - and Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England's grandest stately home. I can't think of two more disparate venues. It's ceramic crabs for the Blenheim retrospective (CLICK) and this Chinese dragon, entitled With Wind, for Alcatraz (CLICK). Allegedly both exhibitions are about human rights and freedom of expression. I'd like a cut of his earnings from these shows. So would the Chinese government. He remains under house arrest and had to use virtual reality software to place his exhibits in the Blenheim show.


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