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The most anticipated art show of the year is opening at the Royal Academy, London this weekend. The Royal Academy presents the first significant British survey of work by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. The exhibition will include major works spanning Ai Weiwei’s career, as well as new work that is shown for the first time.
Stand-out pieces include IOU Wallpaper, which features promissory notes made out to each individual who helped Weiwei pay a 15 million Yen fine for tax evasion, levied by the Chinese government.
Ai Weiwei’s work is political and often viewed as controversial. His work tends to place Chinese art and culture in dialogue with Western contemporary art, either through its themes or his choice of materials.
He is expected to travel to London for the opening of the exhibition.