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Anish Kapoor, speaks out against Chinese artists detention

anishAnish Kapoor, sculptor, has condemned the barbaric detention by China of artist Ai Weiwei and is calling on the closing of all galleries in protest for a day. He also has dedicated his Leviathan art installation located in Paris that was unveiled Tuesday to Ai.

Ai, 53, is being investigated by China as he was detained at the airport in Beijing when trying to pass through security in order to take a flight to Hong Kong. Gao Ge, his sister, said she had not heard a word from him and was not given any information as to his whereabouts or even if he had been charged with a crime.

It is now over a month that he has been held and not charged and his family still does not know where he is said Kapoor. Under any circumstances this is not acceptable he added. Some European ministers have expressed concern but Kapoor said more needs to be done. In London two exhibitions of major proportions of Ai’s work will open this week in London.

His Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads will be displayed in Somerset House in their courtyard from June 26, Thursday. He Lisson Gallery, from Friday, will exhibit some of his key works that have been created in the last six years.

The British government was deeply concerned said a spokesman from the Foreign and Commonwealth office by arrests and subsequent disappearances in China of artists, journalist’s, activists and others that dare to express their rights of freedom of expression.


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