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Ai Weiwei art exhibition to open in Berlin

The biggest exhibition to date from Chinese artist Ai Weiwei opens in Berlin on Wednesday evening, but a travel ban means the government critic will not be in Germany for the opening.

Ai Weiwei art exhibition to open in Berlin
Weiwei's Berlin exhibtion includes thousands of wooden stools to show the rural flight in China. Photo: DPA

Weiwei’s latest exhibition will be opened by Monika Grütters, the government’s commissioner for culture and the media, in the Martin-Gropius-Bau museum in central Berlin.

It is the largest solo exhibition from the 56-year-old concept artist. Half of the works are new and the others have never displayed in Germany before.

It includes 6,000 wooden stools symbolizing the mass exodus of Chinese people from villages to cities.

Also on display across the 18 rooms is a reconstruction of the cell which Weiwei was detained in for 81 days by the Chinese government three years ago.

His works are banned in China.

The exhibition opens days after a state visit by the Chinese President Xi Jinping to Germany. 

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Germany toughens China travel warning over ‘invasive’ Covid tests

Germany has toughened its advisory against travel to China, warning that travellers could be placed under hospital quarantine for weeks upon arrival and subjected to "invasive" medical tests even if they have previously recovered from the coronavirus.

Germany toughens China travel warning over 'invasive' Covid tests
A plane flying from Frankfurt airport. Photo: DPA

In its latest travel advisory update, the Foreign Ministry said that the stringent measures were imposed on “people cured of Covid-19”, as well as others who test positive for antibodies because of an undetected illness, or others who had arrived on the same flight and who test positive for the coronavirus.

“Medical measures applied by the Chinese side are invasive and include in part daily blood tests and computer scans,” the Foreign Ministry said.

All travellers arriving in China are required to serve a 14-day quarantine at a location determined by the government.

While small children are “as a rule” allowed to spend their quarantine with their parents, those aged 14 years and up can be placed in isolation away from their family.

The Süddeutsche newspaper reported that the ministry had heightened its warning after two German nationals were held in hospital quarantine for several weeks.

Both had recovered from the coronavirus previously and had tested positive for antibodies, added the report, noting that they were nevertheless forced to undergo medical tests.

The newspaper said the Foreign Ministry had filed protests with the Chinese government over how the two Germans were treated.

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