Alongside the exhibition, the YSP has been given permission to present readings of poetry by Ai Qing
, Ai's father, who initially supported Mao but was sent to a labour camp with 'his family for the crime of 'rightism.
Many had assumed that as the son of Ai Qing
, one of the country's most revered poets, Ai Weiwei would be spared.
Weiwei grew up on the edge of the Gobi Desert, where his late father, Ai Qing
, a poet, was exiled during the Cultural Revolution.
Born in 1957, he is the son of late Chinese poet Ai Qing
, who was persecuted during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), but today is revered as a leading poet.
In 2002, the city of Jinhua commissioned Ai to design a riverside park as a memorial to his late father, Ai Qing
, an experimental poet who was banished to the far west of China in the anti-intellectual campaign of 1958.