Ai Weiwei, ‘Odyssey’, 2017, Forum Auctions

From the edition of 1000, on wove paper, the full sheet printed to the edges, 915 x 610mm (36 x 24in) (unframed)

Ai Weiwei here brings together the frieze technique of classical antiquity with scenes from the contemporary global refugee condition. The result is a powerful and anachronistic image that calls attention to our shared humanity and, in doing so, demands we reflect on the state of today's refugee crisis. The artist unveiled the edition on the occasion of his ambitious citywide Public Art Fund exhibition, 'Good Fences Make Good Neighbours' (October 2017 - February 2018).

About Ai Weiwei

A cultural figure of international renown, Ai Weiwei is an activist, architect, curator, filmmaker, and China’s most famous artist. Open in his criticism of the Chinese government, Ai was famously detained for months in 2011, then released to house arrest. “I don’t see myself as a dissident artist,” he says. “I see them as a dissident government!” Some of Ai’s best known works are installations, often tending towards the conceptual and sparking dialogue between the contemporary world and traditional Chinese modes of thought and production. For Sunflower Seeds (2010) at the Tate Modern, he scattered 100 million porcelain “seeds” handpainted by 1,600 Chinese artisans—a commentary on mass consumption and the loss of individuality. His infamous Coca Cola Vase (1994) is a Han Dynasty urn emblazoned with the ubiquitous soft-drink logo. Ai also served as artistic consultant on the design of the “Bird’s Nest” stadium for Beijing’s 2008 Olympics, and has curated pavilions and museum exhibitions around the globe.

Chinese, b. 1957, Beijing, China, based in Beijing, China