Chinese artist Ai Weiwei seems to be enjoying his newfound freedom. He is opening a major exhibition at London’s Royal Academy of Arts on Saturday and has also found the time to snap possibly the most dissident selfie ever with Wikilinks co-founder Julian Assange.
The exhibition is a major retrospective of Ai’s past works featuring the greatest hits in his continuing exploration of human rights abuses.
The installation will run from September 19th to December 13th. Originally, Ai wasn’t even sure if he would able to stay for the entire duration after his application for a six-month visa was denied by the British government. The decision was soon reversed and Ai was granted a visa for a full six-month stay and an apology.
Ai seems to have caught the travel bug since getting his passport back from the Chinese government in July after it had been confiscated for more than four years. It was seized back in 2011, a move that he says was “politically motivated,” although no official explanation was ever given regarding the confiscation, no matter how politely Ai asked.
Ai spent most of August in Berlin, where his son and the boy’s mother live, and arrived in London a week ago.
— John Wilson (@JohnWilson14) September 15, 2015
Along with taking a million interviews and selfies around London, Ai found time to drop by the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for a very surreal meeting with Julian Assange to “discuss future plans.”
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) September 16, 2015
Check out a preview of the exhibition here: