AI WEIWEI

 

b.1957  Beijing, China

 

Ai Weiwei is a Chinese Contemporary artist and activist. Ai collaborated with Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron as the artistic consultant on the Beijing National Stadium for the 2008 Olympics. As a political activist, he has been highly and openly critical of the Chinese Government's stance on democracy and human rights. He has investigated government corruption and cover-ups, in particular the Sichuan schools corruption scandal following the collapse of so-called "tofu-dreg schools" in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. In 2011, following his arrest at Beijing Capital International Airport on 3 April, he was held for 81 days without any official charges being filed; officials alluded to their allegations of "economic crimes".

Exhibitions

Refutation

Ai Weiwei

03.26 - 04.28, 2018

Hong Kong

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Wooden Ball 木质球

10.3 - 11.15, 2015

Hong Kong

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AI WEIWEI 艾未未

6.6 - 9.6, 2015

Beijing

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Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted 万物皆虚,万事皆允

Group exhibition: Ai Weiwei, Huang Yongping, Sun Yuan, Zhu Jia, Zhao Zhao

3.17 - 5.13, 2017

Beijing​

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Press / News

Cui Cancan | Interview with Ai Weiwei

Participants: Cui Cancan and Ai Weiwei

Date: April 11, 2015

Location: Caochangdi, Beijing

 

 

Cui Cancan: When did you first see this building?

 

Ai Weiwei: I first became interested in ancient architecture in about 1997. The first time I went to Jinhua, I saw some old buildings that were decidedly different from those in northern China. The light filtering through the skylights into the rooms was very special. The rooms were actually rather dark, because the exterior walls were solid, with very few external windows. However, it was entirely open inside the walls, so that anything—birds, the rain—could get in. The methods are very similar to those used in making furniture. The house has no foundation; it simply rests on the earth, which is also very unusual. It feels as if it was gently placed there. It also has weight, and after being battered by the wind and the rain, it began to change shape and become more pliable.

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Cui Cancan | Ai Weiwei’s “Wang Family Ancestral Hall”

With a 400 year-long history, the “Wang Family Ancestral Hall” has changed innumerably with the times, and in various systems has held various functions, attributes, and values over the centuries. Today, passing through the walls and offices spaces of two galleries, the Wang Family Ancestral Hall is presented as a new work by Ai Weiwei. Its condition and experiences, implied suggestions and ambiguities, as well as the relationship it holds between itself and its owner, immerses the Hall in a debate between change and perpetuity – one that settles at neither one thing nor another. In comparison to other ancient architectures and cultural phenomena, the Wang Family Ancestral Hall has become quite an isolated case.

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Uli Sigg Collection of Contemporary Chinese Art Debuts in the UK at the Whitworth

“Four Decades of Chinese Art,” set to open on July 1, will tackle the conditions of art making and freedom of expression in China, exploring subversive artistic practices ranging from the No Name Group, which began in the late 1960s, to the contemporary art scene.

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