Ai Weiwei released three transcripts today related to his recent withdrawal from an exhibition at Beijing’s Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA).
With Sotheby’s announcement of their sale of Guy Ullens’ collection of Chinese contemporary art comes news that Ullens is divesting himself of his Chinese contemporary art museum in Beijing, handing it over to long-term Chinese partners. A major Ai Weiwei exhibition planned at the space was recently canceled due to political pressure.
Belgian industrialist Guy Ullens is the most important international collector of Chinese contemporary art, amassing an encyclopedic collection and opening a contemporary art museum in Beijing. Now he’s selling off a part of that collection at Sotheby’s. Here’s why the sale is important.