In 50-ish Words

Ai Weiwei at the Royal Academy

Sam Fairburn
Sam Fairburn Planning Executive


This is the first major exhibition of Ai Weiwei’s work held in the UK, bridging two decades of his extraordinary career.

With typical boldness, the work draws on his own experience to comment on a multitude of challenging themes, such as creative freedom, censorship and human rights.

My favourite is called Straight. Ninety tonnes of bent and twisted steel rods have been straightened as a monument to the Sichuan earthquake in 2008.

The exhibition is open until the 13th of December 2015 at the Royal Academy.