Liu Xiaobo homage dropped from art show opening

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A major exhibition of leading contemporary Chinese art opened on Monday in The Hague, in the presence of Princess Máxima of the Netherlands. It is the largest such exhibition ever held in the Netherlands, according to organisers The Hague Sculpture and Museum Beelden aan Zee.

The exhibition is also to feature a sculpture in honour of jailed Chinese Nobel Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, commissioned by Amnesty International. However, the by Dutch artist Maarten Baas will not be on show until Tuesday, because the Chinese ambassador attended the opening opening, says Amnesty. 

The rights group organised a protest at the sculpture’s omission in the form of stilt walkers carrying a banner bearing a photo of the work.

The exhibition includes 11 large-scale sculptures by internationally respected artists such as Sui Jianguo, Yue Minjun and Cang Xin. It has been curated by Dutch collector Cees Hendrikse, who for many years has divided his time between the Netherlands and Beijing.

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