Being confined to Beijing didn’t stop dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei from opening a new exhibit in Taiwan.
The outspoken critic of the Communist Party in China was arrested earlier this year on alleged “tax evasion” charges along with several other human rights activists and dissidents. Ai was released 81 days later but is forbidden to leave Beijing without permission for a year.
Ai’s 21-work exhibit at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum is aptly titled “Absent” and was put together through email exchanges between Ai and museum personnel. Among the installations include a photo of him giving the middle-finger to the portrait of Mao Zedong in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square and “Forever Bicycles,” a striking work featuring more than 1,000 bicycles.