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Ai Weiwei is one of the world’s most influential artists and human rights activists, as well as one of China’s most formidable critics. Known for smashing conventions—and ceramics—he upends the cultural traditions and materials of his native China. Ai Weiwei: Unbroken at the Gardiner Museum features iconic works, including Sunflower Seeds and Coca Cola Vase, and marks the international debut of a brand new LEGO zodiac. Already one of the year’s most talked-about art events, experience Ai Weiwei's latest exploration of power, freedom, and cultural identity. 

  

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Exhibition Programming

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When Ai Weiwei was released from his detainment by the Chinese government in 2011, he put out the heavy metal single “Dumbass” to help him deal with the traumatic experience of being held in detention. Join us for a free concert featuring angry queer gloom cult Vile Creature; author, activist, and musician Chris Colohan (Sect/Cursed/Burning Love); and political & emotional hardcore band Tashme.

  

EXTREME MUSIC THERAPY

Date: Tuesday April 16, 8 - 10 pm
Tickets: Free with registration 

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New Ho Queen is a Toronto-based collective bringing visibility, opportunity, and experiences to the queer Asian and POC community. Inspired by the work of Ai Weiwei, New Ho Queen presents a dance party through the lens of queer Asian artists that breaks down walls and boundaries and explores how building bridges and fostering chosen families creates subcultural spaces for expression and belonging. Featuring site-specific installations curated by local artist Ness Lee.

  

NEW HO QUEEN | UNDIVIDED

Date: Thursday April 25, 8 pm - midnight
Tickets: $10 General; $8 Gardiner Friends

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During Ai Weiwei’s childhood, his father, the famous poet Ai Qing, was accused of “rightism” during Chairman Mao’s anti-intellectual campaign. His family was then exiled to Xinjiang, an autonomous region in northwest China. Today, the region’s 10 million Turkic-speaking Muslim Uyghurs face mass arbitrary detention and mistreatment by the Chinese government. David Mulroney moderates a panel featuring Sophie Richardson, China Director at Human Rights Watch, and Mehmet Tohti, a prominent Uyghur rights activist, discussing the controls on daily life that now face Turkic Muslims.

   

HIDDEN FROM VIEW | CHINA'S REPRESSION OF UYGHURS 

Date: Tuesday May 7, 6:30 - 8 pm
Tickets: $18 General; $15 Gardiner Friends

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Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the student protests at Tiananmen Square, join us for a free onstage conversation with journalists and activists who witnessed the massacre, reflecting on its impact. The panel will be introduced by Olivia Chow, Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson and core member of the Toronto Association of Democracy in China, founded in May 1989 to support the student protest in Tiananmen Square and the movement for democratic reform in China.

  

AWW FREE SCHOOL FINAL | 6/4/89

Date: Tuesday June 4, 6:30 - 8pm 
Tickets: Free with registration

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Prize pack includes....

   

✪ Two general admission passes to the Gardiner Museum, including the special    exhibition Ai Weiwei: Unbroken

  

Two copies of the exhibition publication, featuring artwork images, a statement by Ai Weiwei, and responses by local artists, human rights activists, community leaders, and MORE!    

       

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