The exhibition, entitled Ruptures, at Copenhagen's Faurschou Foundation, has been cancelled. The artist took to Instagram and Facebook to announce the his decision: "This decision follows the Danish parliament's approval of the law proposal that allows seizing valuables and delaying family reunions for asylum seekers.''

"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."

Weiwei with Jens Faurschou Image via Ai Weiwei's Instagram Weiwei with Jens Faurschou
Image via Ai Weiwei's Instagram

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.

Weiwei in Lesbos Image via Ai Weiwei's Instagram Weiwei in Lesbos
Image via Ai Weiwei's Instagram

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.

Ai Weiwei with Anish Kapoor on a walk of compassion for refugees Image via the Guardian Ai Weiwei with Anish Kapoor on a walk of compassion for refugees
Image via the Guardian

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