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REVIEWS

BERLIN

Martin-Gropius-Bau

Ai Weiwei

Evidence

AI WEIWEI, Very Yao, 2009–14, 150 bicycles, dimensions variable. 

Copyright the artist. Courtesy Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin.

This spring, a bicycle with a bouquet of flowers in its basket stood in front of the Martin-Gropius-Bau exhibition hall in Berlin. It was both a homage to the Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei and a symbol of his presence/absence at his solo exhibition taking place at the institution. In a way, Ai was conceptually present throughout "Evidence," although he remained physically absent, as Chinese authorities prevented him from…

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