Ai Weiwei's 1000 Bicycles

Famous Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei will debut a new exhibition at Taipei's Fine Arts Museum on Saturday. Well, except he won't be there. The outspoken artist is currently confined to Beijing. (The Chinese government says his previous two-month detainment was for tax evasion charges though many believe it was for his openly critical stance against their policies.) The exhibit titled "Ai Weiwei, Absent" will feature 21 works includes photographs, 12 outsize bronze heads representing the Chinese zodiac, and this gargantuan installation, above, which consists of 1,000 bicycles piled in layers. It's meant to reflect Ai's perception of the rapid pace of Chinese social change.

Interestingly, the Taipei Fine Arts Museum was given instructions on how to mount it through daily email exchanges with the artist since he could not be present.

The exhibition runs from October 29, 2011 to January 29, 2012.

Taipei Fine Arts Museum
via [Boston Globe], [MSN] Photo credit: Pichi Chuang/Reuters
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