Sunday 11 December 2016

Chinese activist withdraws works from Denmark museums over new migrant law

Published 27/01/2016 | 13:34

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei smiles in his atelier in Berlin, Germany, August 13, 2015. Reuters/Pawel Kopczynski/Files
Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei smiles in his atelier in Berlin, Germany, August 13, 2015. Reuters/Pawel Kopczynski/Files

Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei is withdrawing his works from two museums in Denmark to protest against a new law that allows Danish authorities to seize valuables from migrants.

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Ai announced on social media that he no longer wanted to have his works on display at the Aros museum in Aarhus and the Faurschou Foundation in Copenhagen.

Curator Jennie Haagemann said Ai called the owner of the Faurschou Foundation to inform him of his decision.

Aros museum officials said they did not know anything beyond what Ai had posted on Twitter and Instagram.

Museum director Erlend Hoeyersten said he has "great respect" for Ai's criticism of Danish immigration policies, "but I also find it unreasonable that an entire people is punished for the government's policies".

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