This story breaks my heart a little:
Art galleries around the world are collecting plastic pieces for the dissident Chinese artist after the Danish toy company refused to supply its product for his latest project.
Ai, whose work is often critical of Chinese authorities, says Lego last month refused a bulk purchase order from an Australian gallery where he plans to build a new artwork on the theme of freedom of speech.
Ai called the move “an act of censorship and discrimination,” but Lego says it can’t endorse the use of its bricks in projects with a “political agenda.”
Lego bricks are one of the great expressions of freedom in children’s toys, and to see the company cave to Beijing’s censors… that’s sad.
Good on the museums for donating to Ai what Lego refused to sell to him.