Ai Weiwei withdraws installation from the exhibition A New Dynasty - Created in China at ARoS
During the night, Ai Weiwei announced via Instagram and Twitter that he, as a direct consequence of Denmark’s policies on asylum seekers, wishes to withdraw his installation Yu Yi, 2015, from the current exhibition A New Dynasty – Created in China.
’We don’t as yet have all the facts in place and we await further details. Needless to say, we’re somewhat taken aback. We’re an art museum that on a daily basis strives to achieve a better understanding for human relations, greater insight into cultures, and we welcome critical reflection based on art. Hence we subscribe to many of the same values as Ai Weiwei,’ says museum director Erlend G. Høyersten, ARoS.
’At this very moment in time, and more than ever before, the people of Europe need cultural institutions to allow space for free thoughts and words. ARoS is an independent institution whose programmes and exhibitions are in no way governed by the power élite as is the case in China, for example. While I profoundly respect his reaction to Danish refugee policy, I think it unreasonable that an entire country and its people should be punished as a result of government policies.’
Sidste chance for at opleve Ai Weiweis 12 m. lange bambus-supermand Yu Yi, kan være fremskyndet betragteligt. I hvert fald annoncerede Ai Weiwei i nat via sin Instagram-profil, at han agter at trække værket fra udstillingen A New Dynasty – Created in China i protest mod den danske asylpolitik. Vi afventer den videre udvikling. Løseligt oversat til engelsk lyder teksten: Dear Feng Boyi, Dear Erlend Høyersten, the director of the ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, I am very shocked about yesterday's news that the Danish government has decided to seize refugees' private property. As a result of this regrettable decision, I must withdraw from your exhibition "A New Dynasty -Created In China" to express my protest of the Danish goverment's decision. Please accept my regrets and thank you for your long-term support. I apologize for the inconvenience caused. Ai Weiwei #aroschina #arosart #aiweiwei #aiww #china #chineseart #art @aiww @erlendhoyersten @pernilletaagaarddinesen @fengboyi