I hadn't intended to visit the Ai Weiwei exhibition at the Royal Academy, even though I don't have to book or pay to get in, but as I was on my annual pilgrimage to Fortnum & Mason today (it's time to stock up for Christmas) and the RA is right across the street, I dropped in to see what all the fuss is about.  There's no doubt that he deserves respect for his outspoken criticism of the Chinese government, especially for its suppression of human rights and free speech, but so many of the pieces on display had been made by teams of fabricators that it was difficult to see what Ai Weiwei actually does himself (although three enormous photographs of him smashing a 2,000 year old vase did offer a clue).  Also, I doubt that he made the porcelain chrysanthemum flowers on sale in the gift shop, in an edition of 30 for £14,000 each (even though all of the proceeds go to the RA), so perhaps the people who did are due some credit?