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.’
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