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Ai Weiwei: <EM>Forever</EM>, 200364 Forever brand steel bicyclesThe Ella Fontanals-Cisneros CollectionReproduced with permissionPhotography courtesy of Chuck Choi.
Ai Weiwei: Forever, 2003
64 Forever brand steel bicycles
The Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection
Reproduced with permission
Photography courtesy of Chuck Choi.
Megacities Asia
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES  •  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  •  3 April - 17 July 2016

Visitors walk under, through, along, around or inside large-scale sculptures and installations that examine issues of urbanization. Eleven artists offer 19 works created from accumulations of objects found in their home “megacities”—those with populations of 10 million or more—in China, India and South Korea, which have seen unprecedented development over the past 50 years.

Megacities Asia features artists Ai Weiwei (born 1957, Beijing), Choi Jeong Hwa (born 1961, Seoul), Subodh Gupta (born 1964, Delhi), Han Seok Hyun (born 1975, Seoul), Hu Xiangcheng (born 1959, Shanghai), Aaditi Joshi (born 1980, Mumbai), Song Dong (born 1966, Beijing), Hema Upadhyay (1972–2015, Mumbai), Asim Waqif (born 1978, Delhi), Yin Xiuzhen (born 1963, Beijing) and the collective flyingCity, led by Jeon Yongseok (born 1968, Seoul). Several of them are being exhibited in an American institution for the first time, and nearly half of the works were created specifically for Megacities Asia.

An accompanying exhibition map and guide lists locations of all the artworks.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Website


Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Avenue of the Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115


Tel: (1) 617 267 93 00

Walid Raad
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES  •  Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston  •  24 February - 30 May 2016
The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston presents a comprehensive survey of the artist Walid Raad (b. 1967, Lebanon), a pivotal figure in contemporary art whose work investigates the ways in which we represent, remember, and make sense of history. Walid Raad brings together over 200 works across various mediums—including photography, video, sculpture, and performance. Informed by his upbringing in Lebanon during the civil war (1975–90) and by the socioeconomic and military policies that have shaped the Middle East in the past few decades, Raad’s work is dedicated to exploring archives and photographic documents in the public realm, the role of memory and narrative within discourses of conflict, and the construction of histories of art in the Arab world.

The exhibition focuses on two of the artist’s long-term projects: The Atlas Group (1989–2004) and Scratching on things I could disavow (2007–ongoing). These two distinct projects are united by the question: How does war affect bodies, minds, and cultures?

Under the rubric of The Atlas Group, a 15-year project exploring the contemporary history of Lebanon, Raad produced photographs, videotapes, notebooks, and lectures that related imaginary stories. The stories were inspired in part by real events and extensive research in Lebanon’s various archives and elsewhere.

Raad’s recent work has expanded to address the Middle East region at large. His ongoing project Scratching on things I could disavow examines the recent emergence in the Arab world of new infrastructures for the visual arts—art fairs, biennials, museums, and galleries—alongside the geopolitical, economic, and military conflicts that have consumed the region in the past few decades.

The exhibition also features a series of live, in-gallery performances by Raad.

Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston Website

Contact: Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
100 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02210
Tel: (1) 617 478 31 00

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