The "Ai Wei Wei: According to What?" exhibit is in its last two days at the Brooklyn Museum.
This brief on the exhibit includes photos of two of the larger scale works of the exhibit:
The first work located in the Brooklyn Museum lobby is called S.A.C.R.E.D. (2013). It is made up of six large dioramas made of oxidized metal, wood, fiberglass and sticky tape. The work represents his experienced by the Chinese government in 2011. S.A.C.R.E.D is an acronym that stands for: supper, accusers, cleansing, ritual, entropy and doubt.
It's obvious to say, but an artist's physical work can be transported across the world and earn him/her notoriety. More well-known to the general public-- then say 2010 Noble Peace Prize winner like Liu Xiabao, who is currently serving an 11-year prison sentence for "inciting subversion of state power."
"We got a call from Chinese government officials about just one of the works in this exhibit," said Sharon Atkins (Brooklyn Museum's Managing Curator of Exhibitions) at a Brooklyn Museum public talk.
"We obviously listened to their request. I cannot 'officially' mention the work by name. Chinese officials asked that we not exhibit a certain work that is located right now in the lobby."
The other work is called "Stacked" (2012) which features 700 bicycles fitted together to form one silvery, glinting mass.
Atkins said, "Ai Wei Wei told us one of the inspirations for this work is the transition by the burgeoning middle class of China from bicycles to cars."