MINNEAPOLIS — Thousands of life jackets worn by refugees making the dangerous sea journey from Turkey to Greece were installed Tuesday, Feb. 18, around the neoclassical columns of the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

The discarded life jackets were recovered and donated to artist Ai Weiwei by the mayor of Lesbos, Greece, in 2016. Mia is the first U.S. museum to present Weiwei’s “Safe Passage.” The piece was previously installed on the classical columns of the Berlin Konzerthaus, Yokohama Museum of Art and the National Archives of Chile.

Weiwei’s piece is part of Mia’s new exhibit, “When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Art and Migration,” which opens Sunday and runs through May 24 and will have more than 40 works by 21 artists from around the world. For info on the exhibit: artsmia.org.

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