Turns out Italian art writer and curator Francesco Bonami isn’t a big Ai Weiwei fan. The former Venice Biennale Curator and Flash Art Editor had this to say in a recent interview with Marina Cashdan for Artsy:
MC: Were there any pavilions or collateral events [in Venice] that you were surprised by, in a good or not good way?
FB: I hate Ai Weiwei. I think he should be put in jail for his art, and not for his dissidence … lukewarm dissidence, because a real dissident, you don’t hear about them any longer, you know? They just throw away the keys.
MC: And you don’t think he’s helping “real” dissidents?
FB: I don’t think he’s helped the real dissidents, and I think he exploits his dissidence in favor of promoting his art.
Read the full interview here.