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Ai Qing

China’s Ai Weiwei pays tribute to Pablo Neruda in Chile painting

A massive painting by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei dedicated to Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda was unveiled on Saturday in Valparaiso, the Chilean port where the poet lived.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Absent from the big picture

Contemporary mainland artist Ai Weiwei seems to spark controversy everywhere he goes these days - even when he's not there.

20 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Donations to pay Ai's tax bill reach 4.7m yuan

Dissident artist Ai Weiwei says the overwhelming response from supporters keen to help him foot a 15 million yuan (HK$18.3 million) tax bill is a vote of defiance in the face of government persecution.

8 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Grin & bare it

Ai Weiwei is a big, brawny hulk of an artist who has given his weight as 280 pounds (127kg). He has a tiger's back and a bear's waist, with a bearded face that shows he's from the north. His good-natured smile hides a certain scorn. He is not loquacious but when he speaks, his words are sharp and to the point. He has a vast knowledge of political reality in the mainland.

28 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Ai Weiwei out on bail, 'admits tax evasion'

Artist-activist Ai Weiwei was released on bail last night, with police saying it was because he had confessed to tax evasion and was suffering from chronic illness.

The decision was also made 'in consideration of the fact that Ai has repeatedly said he is willing to pay the taxes he evaded', Xinhua quoted police in Beijing as saying.

23 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Ai Weiwei's case our affair, says Beijing

Foreign governments had no right to interfere with China's detention of maverick artist Ai Weiwei, Beijing said yesterday, insisting that he was involved in economic crimes that had nothing to do with human rights.

8 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Ai Weiwei investigated for suspected economic crimes

Beijing last night said police were investigating maverick artist Ai Weiwei for suspected economic crimes - the first official confirmation of his detention since he was stopped from boarding a flight to Hong Kong four days ago.

7 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Ai Weiwei

What?

What's happened? World-famous artist and designer of Beijing's Olympic Bird's Nest stadium has been arrested on the mainland.

Who?

7 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

My tour de force

In the Venice Biennial gift shop, there's a bag printed with the phrase 'I am a piece of conceptual art'. It's a mediocre joke, but for 1,001 Chinese visitors to the other big European exhibition happening at the same time, Documenta 12, the statement is true.

22 Jul 2007 - 12:00am