Ai Weiwei

born 1957

Biography

Ai Weiwei (Chinese: 艾未未; pinyin: Ài Wèiwèi,  English pronunciation ; born 28 August 1957 in Beijing) is a Chinese contemporary artist and activist. His father's (Ai Qing) original surname was written Jiang (蔣). 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".

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The Walk

In September 2015, artists Ai Weiwei and Anish Kapoor walked across London in solidarity with refugees around the world

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Ai Weiwei on Beijing | Artist Cities

We explore the city of Beijing through the eyes of its most famous detained resident Ai Weiwei

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Ai Weiwei on New York City

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei talks about the time he spent as a young man living in New York and the ...

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Ai Weiwei: Sunflower seeds

Ai Weiwei, one of China’s leading conceptual artists and an outspoken social commentator, has carpeted Tate Modern's Turbine ...

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