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Ai Weiwei Recreates Canonical Works of Western Art Using Lego Bricks

Ai Weiwei
Dragon in Turquoise, 2018
LEGO bricks mounted on aluminium
74.8 x 74.8 inches (190 x 190 cm)

While Galleria Continua occupies spaces all over the world, including Beijing, Havana, São Paulo, and Rome, its beating heart is in a former 1930s cinema in San Gimignano, the Tuscan hill town encircled with 13th-century walls that boasts a number of extraordinary medieval towers. Here, the gallery hosts a major artist every summer, this year being no exception, and its intriguing interior and garden—with a spectacular view over the Tuscan landscape—is filled with the work of Ai Weiwei.