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A life preserver, similar to those used to rescue refugees off Lesbos island, is reimagined as a ring of white marble in a new exhibit of artist  Ai Weiwei’s work currently on display at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens  (Joe Stephens)

 

By James Haynes

ATHENS — Ai Weiwei has made bringing attention to crises a lifelong effort. As the Chinese artist once told an interviewer, “If my art has nothing to do with people’s pain and sorrow, what is ‘art’ for?”

Most recently, he has been pointing attention toward Greece. He first visited Athens and the island of Lesbos last year, when thousands of refugees were washing ashore from Turkey daily . He quickly established a studio here, and in May the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens showcased the studio’s work by opening the artist’s first major exhibition in Greece.

 

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