Check Out Ai Weiwei's Newest Work at The Royal Academy of Art in London
Despite Ai Weiwei's continued travel restrictions (more on that later), his artwork has no problem making its way to people around the world. His most recent work is a mix of new installations and tried-and-true works of art. The show—which can be seen at The Royal Academy of Art in London through the middle of December—is being described as his "landmark art exhibition." Among the many notables: a life-size grove of sculpted trees, a gathering of paint-dipped vases, and a white-washed stroller surrounded by perfectly formed tufts of bleached grass. Many have traveled all over the world to see Weiwei's work, and this exhibit seems to be well worth a trip.
A little bit of background: The artist is known for much more than his ample contributions to the art world. Back in March 2011, Weiwei—who is also a very active participant in China's human right groups—was detained in an airport without any kind of charge for 81 days, leading to a very public effort to "Free Ai Weiwei" (branded T-shirts included). Since this mishap, Weiwei's work has been more in-demand than ever. For that reason, advance booking has been highly encouraged for this exhibit—even more reason to plan a vacation around it. For more information on the show, head over to the exhibit's website.
Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.