- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 10, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sculptures by an outspoken Chinese artist are going on display at Smithsonian museums in Washington.

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei (EYE’ WAY’-way) was detained for three months last year in China for speaking against the government. The Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery said on Tuesday that it will display the contemporary art piece “Fragments” by Ai in May. The work has not been shown before in the United States.

The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum also plans to open a companion exhibit later this year called “Ai Weiwei: According to What?”

Under terms of Ai’s bail, he is prohibited from leaving Beijing until June, so he is unlikely to see the Washington exhibits in person.