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Chinese artist Ai Weiwei brings work to Washington

Tuesday - 1/10/2012, 12:30pm  ET

WASHINGTON - Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who was detained for three months last year in China for speaking against the government, is bringing his work to Washington.

The Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery on Tuesday is announcing a slate of programs to mark its 25th anniversary, including the contemporary art piece "Fragments" by Ai. It is part of the "Perspectives" series scheduled to open in April. It has not been shown before in the United States.

The Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum also plans to open a companion exhibit, "Ai Weiwei: According to What?" It is slated to open later this year. Another exhibit of his work recently opened in New York.

Under terms of Ai's bail, he is prohibited from leaving Beijing until June, so he is unlikely to see the Washington exhibits in person.

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