The Israel Museum in Jerusalem is displaying works by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, for the first time in Israel. His new exhibition "Maybe, Maybe Not" is made of a series of installation works, including: "Sunflower Seeds," a collection of millions of handcrafted and painted porcelain seeds, weighing approximately 23 tons, that is meant to critique China's modern-day mass production methods that have overwhelmed traditional manufacturing and handicraft. "Trees," a set of sculptures of trees made of dead roots, trunks and branches collected in southern China. “Soft Ground” has particular resonance for Israel - a 250-square-meter (2,700-square-foot), hand woven carpet that replicates the floor of the Haus der Kunst in Munich, the gallery where Nazi-approved artwork was displayed during the Third Reich. In addition, wallpapers across part of the exhibition depict the plight of refugees while mixing in classical images. The exhibition will run through Oct. 28.
In February 2016, the Tel Aviv Museum reportedly pulled an exhibition by Ai and the Israeli photographer Miki Kratsman because of political pressures. It had been due to include portraits of Palestinians. According to the museum, there were problems scheduling the show.