Farnsworth screens ‘Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry’

Apr 05, 2018
“Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” chronicles the artist and activist as he prepares for a series of exhibitions … and gets into an increasing number of clashes with the Chinese government.

Rockland — The Farnsworth Art Museum will present a documentary about internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei Wednesday, April 18. The 2012 documentary by director Alison Klayman will be shown in the downtown museum’s auditorium at 2 p.m. and is free with museum admission.

Ai is China's most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, he expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio and held him in secret detention.

“Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” (2012, USA) is the inside story of an artist/dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. The screening is in conjunction with the Farnsworth’s exhibition “Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads —Gold,” which is on view through the end of the year. Lead sponsor of the exhibition is Mrs. F. Eugene Dixon; primary media sponsor is Maine Home + Design; and Midcoast Community Partners of the show include 250 Main Hotel and Rheal Day Spa.

Farnsworth admission is $15; $13 for senior citizens; $10 for students older than 16; and free for those younger than 17, museum members and all Rockland residents.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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