According to the Perez Art Museum Miami's website, the vase is one of more than a dozen that are part of a floor installation. Each vase is partially painted in bright colors.
Behind the installation are a series of three black-and-white photos showing Ai holding a vase and then letting it drop to the ground, smashing into pieces.
The "Ai Weiwei: According to What?" exhibit runs through March 16 at the museum. Museum officials confirmed the incident in a Monday email, and noted that an upcoming show will feature a local artist, Miami's Edouard Duval-Carrié. The Haitian-born artist's show, beginning March 13, is titled "Imagined Landscapes."
A sculptor, designer and documentary maker, Ai has irked Beijing by using his art and online profile to draw attention to injustices in China and the need for greater transparency and rule of law. He was detained for 81 days in 2011 during crackdown on dissent.
After his release in June 2011, Ai's design firm was slapped with a $2.4 million tax bill, which he fought unsuccessfully in the Chinese courts.
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