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More than 50 works drawn from across the extraordinary career of the Chinese artist and social activist.

Blenheim Palace kicks off its inaugral contemporary art programme with this hugely exciting exhibition, surveying the work of one of the most eminent artists of current times.

A vocal critic of human rights in China, Ai Weiwei has not been able to leave the country since 2011 when his passport was confiscated by the authorities. This show has therefore been realised by the collaboration of the artist and the Blenheim Art Foundation team, using 3D plans and models of the site and grounds.

Spanning the last three decades' of Ai's work, the exhibition features some of his earliest photography, taken when he was starting out in New York in the 1980s. This is shown alongside Marble Surveillance Camera from 2010; a poignant reminder of the artist's current situation.

Blenheim Palace

Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PP

01993 810530


Opening times

Daily, 9:00 - 18.00 (or dusk if earlier)

Formal Gardens:
Daily, 10:30- 16:30 (Last entry 15:45)

Daily, 10.30 - 16.30 (last entry 15.45)

Closed on Christmas Day.

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