1. Alle Posts mit dem Tag "ai weiwei"

  2. Ai Weiwei is taking centre stage in the art would this summer with massive exhibitions in both Berlin and New York. Opening on Friday, May 23, the Chinese dissident artist’s work will also be featured at London’s renowned Lisson Gallery. 

    For this show, Ai Weiwei created a monumental new installation of bicycles as part of an ongoing series, ‘Forever’, as well as a number of hand-carved, domestic-scale copies – in various materials including wood, stainless steel and crystal – of some highly personal objects.

    Ai Weiwei is on view from Friday, May 23  July 12 at Lisson Gallery in London. 

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  3. The 15 artists you should be following on Instagram for a peek inside their processes, studios, and influences 

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  4. Ai Weiwei is censored, again: His name and work have been removed from a show in Shanghai about the history of Chinese contemporary art because of pressure from government cultural officials.

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  5. Ai Weiwei supporters are protesting against Beijing’s efforts to silence Weiwei and other Chinese writers and artists tonight from 7–8:30 p.m. outside the Brooklyn Public Library.

    To show our support, we’ve combed social media to find images of solidarity from art stars, organizations, and everyday people.

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  6. Modernism is the original creation of enlightened human beings, it is the ultimate observation of the meaning of existence.

    Ai Weiwei 

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  7. Ai Weiwei takes over Berlin

    Spanning 32,300 square feet in Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Bau, this blockbuster show traces Ai Weiwei’s latest and most controversial work to date. Most of the works are new, tracing the time since his relationship with the government went sour ahead of the 2008 Olympics. They also tend to take a more personal tone, playing up (for better or worse) the celebrity status that he has garnered, particularly since his arrest, and which has since clouded much of the judgments of his oeuvre. 

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  8. At a press conference held Wednesday morning a prominent group of Berlin art-worlders has renewed calls for the Chinese government to allow Ai Weiwei to travel freely. The artist sent the following video message.

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  9. In need of a few laughs? We’ve rounded up some of the best art world selfies

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  10. Street artist Shepard Fairey (of Obama “Hope” fame) is back in the spotlight with another instantly identifiable image: Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. 

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  11. Who Is Ai Weiwei?

    Who is Ai Weiwei? According to the Chinese authorities he is a bigamist, involved in tax fraud, the distribution of pornography and a plagiarist. According to art lovers, Ai Weiwei is not only an artist but also an architect, designer and activist.

    by Hendrik Hansson

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    Weiwei was born in Beijing in May of 1957. When he was one year old his family was sent to a labour camp because of his father, the poet Ai Quing’s provocative denunciation of the anti-rightist movement and were subsequently exiled to the remotest part of northwest China. The family lived in a hut, dug in the ground. Weiwei’s 60 year old father was assigned the humiliating task of cleaning the village toilets. Despite having never done any manual labour, his father’s perfectionist approach to even the most demeaning work left a lasting impression on the young Ai Weiwei. 

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  12. "A small act is worth a million thoughts."

    Ai Weiwei

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  13. The Chinese art world does not exist. It is impossible for a totalitarian society to create anything with passion and imagination.

    Ai Weiwei, Chinese artist and activist.

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  14. Happy Birthday Ai

    "The Chinese art world does not exist. It is impossible for a totalitarian society to create anything with passion and imagination." - Ai Weiwei

    Chinese artist and political activist Ai Weiwei celebrates his 56th Birthday today. A Conceptual artist, sculptor, and curator, Ai Weiwei lives and works in the Art District of Dashanz in Beijing. An outspoken human rights activist,  Ai was listed as one of the top 100 of most influential people in the world by Time Magazine.

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  15. Ai Weiwei’s Opinion

    The Chinese artist and human rights activist Ai Weiwei has written an opinion piece for Bloomberg about the fascinating trial of former Chinese Politburo member Bo Xilai.

    In the piece, the Chinese artist writes that the just-concluded trial will be “remembered as one of the most critical political milestones in contemporary Chinese Communist history.” Furthermore, he states, “Bo’s case must have felt to party leaders like a tumor growing near a carotid artery — too dangerous to treat, yet too aggressive to be left alone.”

    Read the entire opinion piece on Bloomberg. 

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  16. Ai Weiwei’s Music Career

    Chinese activist, artist, and now musician Ai Weiwei announced plans to release a Heavy Metal album. Who would have predicted this to be his genre of choice? 

    "The lyrics are about the current political situation," said Ai Weiwei of his debut album Divina Commedia, named after a poem by Italian poet Dante, which will be released next month.

    This album is not Ai’s first foray into the music world; his parody of Gangnam Style was a huge success in October 2012. 

    But the real question is: how will the Chinese government react? 

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