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Ai Weiwei Next Installation at Palazzo Strozzi Unveiled

11 months ago

The rendering installation on the facade of the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence has been unveiled. The palace will host from 23rd September 2016 to 22nd January 2017, the first great Italian exhibition of Ai Weiwei, curated by Arturo Galansino.

“Reframe” is an installation of 22 rubber boats born from the commitment by the Chinese as an activist on the front the humanitarian refugee crisis.

The rendering of a new great artist’s installation has been realized thanks to the contribution of the Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze and it involves both sides of the building Renaissance : twenty-two large orange life rafts will be anchored to the windows of the Palazzo Strozzi. A project that brings attention to the fate of refugees who daily risk their lives to reach Europe crossing the Mediterranean.

The installation called Reframe (New Frame) is born by staff involvement and commitment as an activist artist on the face of the humanitarian crisis of refugees and is a great opportunity for the city of Florence to bring attention to the issue of immigration through culture. The work gives life to an unusual decoration of the Renaissance palace, creating a new framework, a new point of view, a strong visual and cultural contrast, one of the symbols of Western art history. Ai Weiwei wants shake the conscience to remember the tragedy experienced by those who embark on a journey to the inhumane European shores fleeing the destruction and wars

Carla Ingrasciotta

  • Reframe, Rendering, Palazzo Strozzi. Courtesy Ai Weiwei Studio Reframe, Rendering, Palazzo Strozzi. Courtesy Ai Weiwei Studio
  • Ai Weiwei's Portrait at Palazzo Strozzi. Photo credits: Alessandro Moggi Ai Weiwei's Portrait at Palazzo Strozzi. Photo credits: Alessandro Moggi

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