Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Ai Weiwei at the Royal Academy with Children

London's Royal Academy is hosting this year's 
most provocative and impressive exhibition;  
one that is not to be missed.  

Chinese political activist Ai Weiwei, 
one of the most though-provoking contemporary artists, 
filled the Royal Academy's immense galleries 
with his vibrant, very tangible works of art and installations, 
some of which were specifically created for the RA show. 

An exhibition that is perfect to visit 
with children in tow 
{though you might want to keep 
their tiny hands away from the Ming vases}.

A Mum in London
'Coloured Vases', Neolithic and Han Dynasty vases with industrial paint,
Ai Weiwei 2015
Ai Weiwei's art captivates by the use of astonishing materials: 
Neolithic vases, coat hangers, marble, 
wood from ancient Chinese temples, even tea leaves.  

The exhibits are massive, colourful, cunning, 
inspiring, sarcastic and poignant at the same time. 

A marble buggy in a sea of spikes, 
3.000 porcelain crabs tossed on the floor,  
a cube of a ton of tea and a chandelier made of bicycles 
are just a few of the incredible artworks by Weiwei.

'Golden Age', wallpaper, Ai Weiwei
 So, is the Weiwei exhibition suitable for children? 
I'd say yes, and for children of all ages 
{don't forget to download the 'Art Detective' 
that helps young visitors explore the exhibition}. 

Weiwei's artworks are bold, thought-provoking, 
and far from being boring,  
making the RA the perfect place to bring the kids 
to experience art and creativity.

What's more, the Royal Academy holds 
two special family workshops exploring the work of Weiwei 
on Sunday 1st and 15 November from 11am to 3pm;  
these are free and no booking is required. 

Ai Weiwei, until 13 December 2015, adults £16, under 16s go free (booking is recommended)
Family Events at the Royal Academy, more info here
Royal Academy, Burlington House, nearest tube Piccadilly Circus

Many thanks to the Royal Academy 
for inviting me to the Ai Weiwei exhibition.

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