Ai Weiwei art opens Stockholm Film Festival
The Local · 4 Nov 2014, 23:59
Published: 04 Nov 2014 14:59 GMT+01:00
Updated: 04 Nov 2014 23:59 GMT+01:00
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China’s most famous international artist and most outspoken domestic critic collaborated with Sweden's Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi to create the sculptures which were revealed in Stockholm on Tuesday afternoon.
Currently under house arrest in China, he sent sketches over to the Icehotel's sculptors, who completed the artwork over ten days.
Two pieces were created. Each weighs two tonnes and is more than two metres tall.
They were revealed at Stockholm Film Festival's opening ceremony at Norrmalmstorg in central Stockholm.
The Stockholm Film Festival programme runs from November 5th - November 16th 2014 and will feature 201 films from 60 countries.
Hollywood actress Uma Thurman will grace the red carpet before she picks up the Stockholm Achievement Award.
Ai Weiwei is under house arrest in China. Photo: TT
He sent a symbol of his absence in the form of an empty chair. This year he was tasked with making a contribution to represent Hope, a key theme for the festival.
Ai Weiwei is considered one of the most influential and subversive artists of his time, with art exhibitions all over the world, including at the Tate Modern in London, Jeu de Paume in Paris, and Martin Gropius in Berlin.