18 Jun '11, 6am

Artist Daniel Buren joins Anish Kapoor by canceling Beijing exhibition in a show of solidarity for Ai Weiwei:

Topics: Economy Government and Policy International On Saturday 18 June 2011, 11:49 SGT French sculptor Daniel Buren has decided to cancel an exhibition scheduled for mid-July in Beijing in "solidarity" with detained artist Ai Weiwei, he told AFP. Buren, perhaps best known for his striped columns in the historic state-owned Palais Royal gardens near the Louvre in Paris, was to have shown a vast exhibit at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art from July 15. "I don't think it is possible to do nothing," Buren told AFP. "It's almost an ethical obligation to act," added the Frenchman, who was to have headed for Beijing early next month. The outspoken Ai Weiwei, 54, a constant thorn in the side of Chinese authorities, was detained in Beijing on April 3 as he tried to board a flight to Hong Kong. He is under investigation for "economic crimes" and relatives of the artist say th...

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