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Dangerous Art

Courtesy Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s installation “Fragments” is made from old pillars from dismantled temples connected with everyday items such as chairs and tables. The work is on display at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.

In October 2012, the third and largest Ai exhibit will open at the Hirshhorn. The museum will devote one floor to the retrospective “Ai Weiwei: According to What?” This will be the first time a survey of Ai’s work will be shown in the United States.

The exhibit will be based on Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum survey, but Ai said it will be specially updated for U.S. audiences.

“About a third of the works in this version of the show differ from those on view at the Mori,” Ai told the museum. “I’ve experienced dramatic changes in my living and working conditions over the past few years, and this exhibition has been an opportunity to re-examine past work and communicate with audiences from afar.”

The exhibit, which opened at Mori in 2009, will include more recent work from the artist. After it closes in February, the exhibit will travel to the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

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