"I am very shocked about yesterday's news that the Danish government has decided to seize refugees' private property. As a result of this regrettable decision, I must withdraw from your exhibition... to express my protest of the Danish government's decision. Please accept my regrets and thank you for your long-term support. I apologize for the inconvenience caused."

Collector and owner of the foundation, Jens Faurschou, has given Weiwei his full support. Ai explained on his Instagram account: "Jens Faurschou backs the artist's decision and regrets that the Danish parliament chooses to be in the forefront of symbolic and inhuman politics of today's biggest humanitarian crisis in Europe and the Middle East, instead of being in the forefront of a respectful European solution to solve the acute humanitarian crisis."

Tthe Danish newspaper, The Local, has also reported that Weiwei will not be showcasing his work at a group show at the ARoS Aarhus Art Museum.

The law, which is controversial with human rights groups, permits police to search asylum seekers and seize personals worth more than 10 000 kroner ($1 460) which are of no sentimental value to the owner.

To show his support to migrants making the journey to Europe, Weiwei has been spending time in Lesbos sharing images and videos of the crisis on his Instagram account. In 2015, Weiwei and fellow artist Anish Kapoor walked the streets of London to show their compassion for refugees.