By Shannon Najmabadi
On Saturday, Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei unveiled a 900 square metre painting dedicated to Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda, according to the South China Morning Post.
Creatively titled “A Pablo” (To Pablo), the painting is hung on the outside of a local jail turned cultural center in Valparaiso, the Chilean port where Neruda lived.
“A Pablo” is Ai’s first painting for Latin America as part of the “Of Bridges and Borders” show.
According to the SCMP, the painting features “dark-toned images of the Senkaku Islands” – the small archipelago in the East China Sea at the heart of a “bitter territorial dispute between China and Japan.” The painting also showcases a verse from ‘Cabo de Chile,’ a poem written by Ai Weiwei’s father, Ai Qing, and dedicated to Neruda.
In approximately two weeks, Ai is expected to be releasing his debut album, a heavy metal affair titled ‘Divina Commedia.’ According to the Los Angeles Times, the album was supposedly inspired by Ai’s 81-day detention in 2011.