- Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads
Date: Tue. June 18, 2013 - Sun. September 22, 2013.
Location: Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall (Queen Street & Bay Street) - Toronto
Ai Weiwei has reinterpreted the 12 bronze animal heads representing the Chinese zodiac that once stood in the gardens of the Yuanming Yuan (Garden of Perfect Brightness, Old Summer Palace), an imperial retreat in Beijing. In accordance with the conventions of the traditional Chinese zodiac, the works are installed in an oval in the following order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Each of the works is one solid piece of bronze and stands roughly 10 feet high on a marble base. Their weight ranges from 1,500 to 2,100 pounds. The sculptures are on display for free at Nathan Phillips Square until September 22nd.
Ai Weiwei: According to What?
Date: Sat. August 17, 2013 - Sun. October 27, 2013.
Location: Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas St W) - Toronto, Canada
Ai Weiwei is China’s most prolific and provocative contemporary artist. His outspoken and artful criticism of the country’s Communist government has put him at the centre of a global conversation about freedom of expression and the role of art. According to What? features photographs, sculpture, installation art, and audio and video pieces and examines the complexities of a changing world, probing such issues as individual and human rights, the power of digital communication and the range of creative practice that characterizes contemporary art today.
Visit the AGO website for more information.
East Gallery: Changing Media Landscapes in Canada and Asia
Date: Thu. August 29, 2013 - Thu. August 29, 2013.
Location: The East Gallery (334 Dundas Street West) - Toronto
Changing Media Landscapes in Canada and Asia
with Hugh Stephens (Executive-in-Residence, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada; Former Senior Vice President, Public Policy (Asia Pacific); Time Warner
Thursday, August 29, 2013
The East Gallery
334 Dundas Street West, Toronto
The event is free but please register: https://aug29canasiamedia.eventbrite.ca/
Our media consumption is changing. What we watch on the big screen and in our homes is different from what it was a decade ago and the internet has changed how we choose to consume. As Asian economies remain a major source of global growth, their importance as media markets and as producers of globally-consumed media content expands in parallel. What do these changes mean for Canadian media and Canadian consumers? Are we taking advantage of growing global opportunities, particularly in Asia? What are the effects of censorship in Asia, especially China? Find out from Hugh Stephens, Executive-in-Residence at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and former Senior Vice President of Public Policy (Asia Pacific) at Time Warner.
This event is part of the APF Canada Talks at East Gallery series and takes place during an exhibition entitled “Southeast Asia – Figuratively Speaking” which features work by 11 leading artists from Vietnam, Cambodia and Burma