Lego Won't Give Ai Weiwei Legos To Use For 'Political Works'

Lego Won't Give Ai Weiwei Legos To Use For 'Political Works'

The Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has reportedly been refused a shipment of Legos he ordered because the company “cannot approve the use of Legos for political works.”

In an Instagram post on Friday, the artist, well known for his open criticism of the Chinese government’s stance on human rights, wrote that he was planning to use Legos for a piece at Australia’s National Gallery of Victoria.

In September Lego refused Ai Weiwei Studio’s request for a bulk order of Legos to create artwork to be shown at the National Gallery of Victoria as “they cannot approve the use of Legos for political works.” On Oct 21, a British firm formally announced that it will open a new Legoland in Shanghai as one of the many deals of the U.K.-China “Golden Era.”

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