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Art's Most Popular 2020

Art's Most Popular: here are 2019's most visited shows and museums

Ai Weiwei was a hit in Brazil, records were broken in London and Paris—but is this the final year of museum visitor growth?

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Art's Most Popular 2020

Here are 2019's most visited contemporary art exhibitions

Jean-Michel Basquiat brought in big crowds in Paris—but who beat him to claim the top spot?

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coronavirus

'The real ideological war has just begun and Covid-19 is only the starting point': Ai Weiwei on China's response to the outbreak

The Chinese artist and activist reflects on how authoritarian political systems have been able to tackle the crisis more effectively

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'Stay home and stay together': Ai Weiwei offers coronavirus advice in new video

Chinese artist's video is part of Palazzo Strozzi's new digital project for users during lockdown

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coronavirus

Coronavirus in Italy: Ai Weiwei criticised for 'insensitive' pasta meme and Raphael blockbuster closes

An emergency decree means that all museums in the country are on lock down until 3 April

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Diary

Sew unique: last chance to bid for textile works made by artists and prison inmates

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Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei's censored films to go on show in Berlin

The works cannot be shown in China where the dissident artist says his identity has been erased

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Sculpture Park

Sculpture park to show works by Ai Weiwei and Hans Arp at castle outside Berlin

Established by the founders of the Institute for Artists Estates, Loretta Würtenberger and Daniel Tümpel, the display will open in May at Schlossgut Schwante

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The Year in Review 2019

King Tut’s golden year, Koons’s worst: the highs and lows of the art world in 2019

As Notre Dame burned, protestors called the shots and a gold toilet vanished, it was certainly a year to remember

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Environment

Ai Weiwei confronts Amazon destruction in new film work

Dissident artist is exploring the disappearance of the Brazilian rainforest alongside China’s growing influence in South America

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Public Art Fund

Public Art Fund adds four new members to its board, including Ai Weiwei

Ellen Celli, Andrea Krantz, and Ruthard C. Murphy also join the nonprofit to help bring more free arts programming to New York City

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Hong Kong

'The future of Hong Kong is already set': Ai Weiwei responds to escalating violence against democracy protesters

In Hong Kong, university campuses have become literal battlegrounds in the protracted clash between police and protesters over the region’s future

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Frieze week: Ai Weiwei, Mark Bradford, Peter Doig, Melanie Gerlis, Hettie Judah

In this bumper edition we interview three of the world's leading artists, all of whom have shows timed to coincide with Frieze in London, plus all the latest news from the fair

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Protest

Ai Weiwei was not 'thrown out' of Munich’s Haus der Kunst, artist confirms

Activist was demonstrating in support of workers' rights in the face of cost-cutting at the museum

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see during Berlin Art Week

From an artist occupation in an abandoned building to Ai Weiwei's return to his roots

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Politics

Ai Weiwei: 'Hong Kong is on fire and the world is indifferent'

Chinese artist and activist’s team has been documenting the intensifying anti-government protests over the weekend

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In the frame

Despite Brexit, Ai Weiwei has moved to the UK

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Puccini gets political: Ai Weiwei to direct opera in Rome about Hong Kong crisis

The Chinese artist will also design the sets and costumes for the production at the Teatro dell'Opera next year

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Hong Kong

Ai Weiwei sends research team to Hong Kong as demonstrations continue

Speaking to the BBC, Chinese dissident artist says West is unlikely to interfere and he has 'no trust in Britain at all'

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Copyright

Ai Weiwei denies his porcelain works borrow from Lebanese artist's prize-winning vases

Raed Yassin says there are "striking similarities" between his ceramic series on the Lebanese civil war and Ai's pieces on the Syria war and refugee crisis

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Exhibitions

Ai Weiwei creates Lego portraits of missing Mexican students

The installation investigating their disappearance is part of the artist’s show at MUAC

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Exhibitions

Ai Weiwei show brings out tensions between Canada and China

Survey at Gardiner Museum ranges from artist’s broken Han Dynasty urn to zodiac signs

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Censorship

Ai Weiwei’s contribution to Berlin movie scrapped amid censorship fears

“It was infuriating to find our involvement had been erased,” Ai says

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In the frame

Ai Weiwei says he is heading to the US—but is too old for New York

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Chinese authorities demolish Ai Weiwei's studio in Beijing

The space is latest artistic casualty in the city's gentrification campaign

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Artists

West Coast wave of Ai Weiwei shows puts Chinese artist in Los Angeles spotlight

Activist launches Jeffrey Deitch’s new Hollywood gallery and will show works with talent agency UTA

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Ai Weiwei remembers the Sichuan earthquake, ten years on

On the anniversary, the artist reflects on the disaster and China's response

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In the frame

Ai Weiwei launches sale of benefit works on World Refugee Day

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Exhibitions

Ai Weiwei retraces his father's steps to Marseille in 1929 for new show

Chinese artists unveils new commissions alongside 50 works at the Musée des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée

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Art Basel in Hong Kong 2018

Ai Weiwei: ‘I’m like a high-end refugee’

The artist talks about his refugee-orientated show in Hong Kong—and his plans for South America

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Biennials & festivals

Ai Weiwei makes triumphant return to Sydney to open biennial

Giant refugee lifeboat one of two works by Chinese dissident artist in the Biennale of Sydney

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Exhibitions

Ai Weiwei: 'I'm impressed Qatar wants my show about refugees'

The dissident Chinese artist on why he's tackling the global refugee crisis in his first exhibition in the Gulf

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Commissions

Ai Weiwei and Antony Gormley in the running for Treasure Island commissions

The $50m San Francisco Bay redevelopment plan includes several large-scale public sculptures

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Ai Weiwei to auction cat toy sculpture for Syrian children

Proceeds from Berlin sale, which also includes works by Rosemarie Trockel and Tomás Saraceno, will benefit Kayany Foundation

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Ai Weiwei stopped from boarding flight from New York to São Paulo

Chinese artist was en route to premiere of his documentary Human Flow when staff wrongly claimed his visa was invalid

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Lest we forget: Ai Weiwei’s first show in Turkey is a meditation on refugee crisis

Chinese artist’s biggest exhibition to date uses porcelain as a way of bridging Turkey’s historic connections with the East

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Art fairs

Ai Weiwei digs deep in Warsaw's Brodno Sculpture Park project

Ai Weiwei has created a new work for Warsaw that will be invisible to the public

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Collector Christopher Tsai wants to open first Ai Weiwei museum

The proposed museum would probably be in New York

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China

With new party leaders in China, observers wonder whether censorship or liberalisation is on the agenda

Is this change in China a cause for celebration?

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Films

"Art in the Twenty-first Century" brings big personalities to the small screen

This US television series offers insights into the history and practice of artists from Marina Abramovic to Ai Weiwei

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News

Anish Kapoor rejects China show in support of Ai Weiwei

He has described the Chinese artist's detention as “barbaric”

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Ai Weiwei assaulted

He was prevented from testifying in defence of activist Tan Zuoren

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Commissions

Fontainebleau Hotel commissions major artists to become a true 'art hotel'

The Fontainebleau will show works by Turrell, Ai Weiwei and Rauschenberg