Snake Ceiling (2009) to Appear in Advance of the Al Weiwei: According to What? Exhibition Planned for the AGO for Summer 2013
TORONTO, April 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Partners in Art (PIA) - the
volunteer-based, not-for-profit group of Toronto contemporary art
supporters - announced today it has sponsored the installation of Ai
Weiwei's Snake Ceiling (2009) at the AGO. Ai Weiwei is a world-renowned Chinese contemporary
artist, architect and activist.
"We are pleased to sponsor Ai Weiwei's Snake Ceiling," state PIA co-chairs Yvonne Fleck and Mimi Joh. "Sponsoring the
installation in advance of the upcoming exhibition is an exciting
opportunity for PIA. This installation represents Ai Weiwei's
provoking and politically charged work and demonstrates the vital role
an independent philanthropic organization like PIA can take when
advocating for contemporary art and artists."
Beginning April 13th, Snake Ceiling (2009) will hang from the ceiling of the Margaret & Jim Fleck Gallery at
the AGO to help promote the upcoming Ai Weiwei: According to What? exhibition, which is slated to appear at the AGO from August 17-October
The AGO is the only Canadian stop on Ai Weiwei's North American tour.
Featuring photographs, sculpture, installation art and audio and video
pieces, Ai Weiwei: According to What? will examine how the artist spotlights the complexities of a changing
world and probes such issues as freedom of expression, individual and
human rights, the power of digital communication and the range of
creative practice that characterizes contemporary art today. The
exhibition was organized by the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, and curated by
the museum's chief curator, Mami Kataoka.
About Snake Ceiling (2009)
Snake Ceiling (2009) resembles a giant snake and is formed from commonly used student
backpacks in various sizes. The backpacks represent a requiem for the
students who were killed due to their poorly constructed schools during
the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.
"PIA has lots to celebrate during its tenth anniversary year," add Fleck
and Joh. "As we look ahead to the next ten years, PIA plans to continue
to build on its current work as well as undertake a greater role in
advocacy, with a goal of influencing public policy around contemporary
visual arts and supporting our cultural legacy both in Toronto and
About Partners in Art
Founded in 2002, Partners in Art (PIA) is a volunteer-based,
not-for-profit corporation of Toronto art supporters with an interest
in promoting the visual arts in Canada in two ways: first, by
partnering with established arts organizations on collaborative
fund-raising projects; and secondly, by furthering members' own
understanding and knowledge of the visual arts through an active
The group cultivates alliances among artists, curators, educators,
businesses, and the public to develop vital and exciting contemporary
art projects that raise the awareness of Canadian art and artists
nationally and internationally. In the past ten years PIA has raised
more than $1 million in sponsorship dollars. The group solicits
sponsors to fund its activities, organizes fundraising events, and
accepts donations from the public.
For more information visit us at www.partnersinart.ca, follow us on Twitter @partnersinart1 or 'Like' us on Facebook.
SOURCE: Partners in Art
For further information:
Ethan Pigott, beSPEAK Communications, (416) 558-2783,
Eileen Tobey, beSPEAK Communications, 416-540-4047,