Let's take a moment to turn green with envy at what's going on at the Art Gallery of Ontario this summer and fall.
The Hogtown institution has scored a coup with Ai Weiwei: According to What?, a major show of more than 40 large-scale works by the revolutionary Chinese artist—arguably the most important contemporary artist on the planet. The exhibit, the artist's debut in Toronto, spans sculptures, photographs, and video and audio installations, with plenty of the fearless dissident's activism on view.
Don't expect Ai to attend when the show opens August 17: he's under surveillance at his home in Beijing, and has been unable to leave China since the Chinese government confiscated his passport in 2011. They're not really into freedom of expression over there.
In case you're headed eastward this summer, tickets go on sale July 27. Expect the event to be in high demand.
As if that's not enough, the gallery is also hosting the ultracool ode to David Bowie starting September 25, straight off its hit run at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. It covers five decades and features more than 300 objects from Bowie’s personal archive in an immersive multimedia show. We're talking handwritten set lists, lyrics, diary entries, instruments, and sketches, plus more than 50 stage costumes, as well as music videos, set designs, photographs, and excerpts from films and live performances.
Ground Control to Major Tom: can someone please try to bring these shows here?