Ai Weiwei has never held a major exhibition in Los Angeles, apart from a 2011 public art display at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. But in classic Ai fashion, he will “take over” the city with multiple exhibitions in the month of October. The first of his L.A. trilogy will take place in the Marciano Art Foundation’s ground-floor project space and feature multiple large-scale artworks and an installation focused on the refugee crisis. The second exhibition will be the inaugural show for Jeffrey Deitch’s new Hollywood space and will be comprised of an installation of 6,000 wooden stools and a new series of photographs that depict the Chinese zodiac built from Legos. The last exhibition to open will highlight a field of grass made out of marble, which will be planted in UTA Artist Space’s new building. Set to open in July, the gallery will feature a staircase and entryway designed by Ai.
While the three exhibitions will be on simultaneously, the trio of openings is not the result of a collaborative effort by the three spaces, though they are now coordinating. “When he comes to a city, he takes over a city,” as Jamie Manné, deputy director of the Marciano Art Foundation, told the New York Times.