Though he remains banned from traveling outside China, artist and activist Ai Weiwei made a surprise appearance during Barack Obama’s second inaugural weekend, with several quotations and an image from his 1995 work “Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn” being projected onto the façade of the Newseum.
The provocative photo was juxtapose with several of Ai’s most memorable quotations about freedom, including, “The world is changing. This is a fact. Artists work hard hoping to change it according to their own aspirations,” and “Freedom of speech implies the world isn’t defined. It is meaningful when people are allowed to see the world their way.”
“Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn” is included in “Ai Weiwei: According to What?,” the artist’s survey show at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, which runs through February 24 and will come to the Brooklyn Museum next year.
— Benjamin Sutton