“It’s too bad that Ai himself cannot come to Taipei to attend the opening of the exhibition,” Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Tien Chiu-chin (田秋堇) said at a news conference.
Since Chinese citizens are now allowed to travel independently to Taiwan, it is rather odd for Ai to be absent from the opening ceremony of his first solo exhibition in Taipei, Tien said."
Dubbed “Ai Weiwei Absent,” the exhibition will feature 21 works, including photographs, installation pieces, videos, 12 bronze heads representing Chinese zodiac symbols and a new piece consisting of about 1,000 bicycles reflecting China’s social changes.
Taipei Fine Arts Museum deputy director Liu Ming-hsing (劉明興) recently said that Ai was very excited to stage a large-scale solo exhibition in Taiwan.
“We invited him to attend the opening ceremony of the exhibition at the museum,” Liu said. “So far, he hasn’t been able to give us a definite response.”
Museum officials earlier this month said that Ai’s wife, Lu Qing (路青), plans to visit Taiwan early next month.
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