Monthly Archives: January 2016

Older City Residents Visit the Royal Academy

On 25th November the Royal Academy opened its doors to a group of older people from the City. We were treated to a free guided tour of the widely acclaimed Ai Weiwei exhibition, followed by an art discussion group with tea and (very posh) biscuits.

Ai Weiwei at the Royal Academy.Credit: David Parry

Ai Weiwei is one of China’s leading artists, named by the editors of ArtReview magazine as the most powerful artist in the world. His provocative statements about culture, heritage, nationality, censorship and art, which have caused controversy in his native China, were vividly brought to life in large-scale 3D works built specially for the Royal Academy. Having a guide to talk us through the history and cultural context of the exhibition greatly enhanced our experience.

We then went upstairs to the Saloon for refreshments and to continue the discussion which we had begun on the gallery floor, about the meaning of Ai Weiwei’s work.

Ai Weiwei at the Royal Academy. Credit: David Parry

The trip was a huge success and we hope very much to repeat it in 2016.

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