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  • Gardiner Museum, 111 Queens Park, Toronto, ON., Canada M5S 2C7

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Ai Weiwei (1957 -) is a world-renowned contemporary artist as well as a formidable critic in China. His sculptures, photographs, installations, and public works frequently repurpose traditional Chinese forms and materials in order to address today's most pressing social issues. Ai, a vocal human rights activist, was detained by Chinese authorities on April 3, 2011 and held incommunicado for 81 days. Despite ongoing government surveillance, he was granted the return of his passport in July 2015, allowing him to travel abroad. Throughout his career, Ai has expanded his practise across multiple disciplines, communicating with a global audience through exhibitions, documentary films, and social media. Mr. Ai attended the Beijing Film Academy and New York's Parsons School of Design. He has received the Chinese Contemporary Art Award (2008), an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Politics and Social Science at the University of Ghent, Belgium (2010), the Skowhegan Medal (2011), and the Human Rights Foundation's Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent (2012). Unbroken Art Show by Ai Weiwei includes iconic works such as Sunflower Seeds and Coca Cola Vase, as well as recent works in blue-and-white porcelain depicting the global refugee crisis. He challenges his native China's cultural traditions and materials. This highly anticipated and timely exhibition investigates the breaking of boundaries, both physical and symbolic, and considers how the artist's ceramic works serve as a foundation for his ongoing exploration of pressing social justice issues such as immigration, free speech, and dissent repression. A new large-scale LEGO series representing the Chinese zodiac also makes its international debut at the exhibition. Tips: - Thu, Feb 28 @ 10 : 00 am - Sun, Jun 9 @ 5 : 00 pm - Gardiner Museum, 111 Queens Park, Toronto, ON., Canada M5S 2C7 - Ai Weiwei's Unbroken Art Show has a limited capacity. There is no time limit for entering. Please be aware that wait times may occur during particularly busy periods. - Friends are admitted free of charge to the Gardiner Museum. Adults pay $15, Seniors (65+) pay $11, Students pay $9, and Youth and Children pay nothing. Every Wednesday and Friday from 4 to 9 p.m., admission is half price. This rate is not available on the internet. Only on Wednesdays and Fridays after 4 p.m. are half-price tickets available in person.

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