Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei, Chinese artist and son of late poet Ai Qing, helped with the design of the "Birds Nest" Olympic stadium for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He is also involved with Human rights, and concerned with political corruption of mainland China.

Top London gallery launches appeal to raise £100,000 for Ai Weiwei project

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's installation comprises eight trees that Ai has assembled from parts of dead trees collected in the mountains of southern mainland China. Photo: Reuters

The Royal Academy of Arts in London launched a crowdfunding appeal on Wednesday for an installation by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei that would see its courtyard filled with giant reconstructed trees.

Thursday, 16 July, 2015, 1:09am

Ai Weiwei's biggest UK retrospective opens at Churchill's Blenheim Palace

Ai Weiwei's work go on show at Blenheim Palace. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Britain's Blenheim Palace is set to be "harmonised" further on China's National Day with the opening of an exhibition of politically charged works by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei.

28 Sep 2014 - 5:13am

Ai Weiwei locked in spat with director over crowdfunded sci-fi debut

Ai Weiwei in a publicity still for the movie, in which he plays a smuggler. Photo: Kickstarter

An independent science fiction film starring Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has become the subject of controversy, with Ai claiming that he was misled in lending his name and image to the project.

29 Apr 2014 - 5:28pm

Ai Weiwei makes acting debut in crowd-funded sci-fi film ‘The Sandstorm’

Ai Weiwei stars in sci-fi thriller Sandstorm, shot in Beijing's smog-shrouded districts. Photo: SCMP

Ai Weiwei has been a highly sought-after subject for documentary filmmakers, but never before has the bombastic Chinese artist taken up the actor's mantle.

8 Apr 2014 - 5:32pm 4 comments

Berlin unveils biggest solo Ai Weiwei exhibition... but artist cannot attend

6,000 stools were used in Ai's installation. Photo: AP

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s biggest solo show, featuring a reproduction of the white cell where Chinese authorities held him for 81 days, has been unveiled in Berlin without Ai in attendance because the government still holds his passport.

4 Apr 2014 - 12:09pm 1 comment

Ai Weiwei wants Xi Jinping to visit his Berlin exhibition during upcoming visit to Germany

Ai Weiwei hopes President Xi Jinping can make time to see his exhibition during his visit to Germany this month. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has said he hopes President Xi Jinping makes time to see his exhibition during the leader’s visit to Germany this month, in an interview published on Saturday.

15 Mar 2014 - 8:13pm

Artist Maximo Caminero sorry for Ai Weiwei vase stunt

Vases from Ai weiwei's installation. Photo: AP

A day after the art world reacted in shock to a South Florida artist's act of protest at the Perez Art Museum Miami, Maximo Caminero is apologising to Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei for smashing one of his vases.

20 Feb 2014 - 1:00pm

Ai Weiwei not amused by smashing of US$1m vase

Ai Weiwei's colourful pottery at the art museum in Miami. Photo: Photo: EPA

Artist Ai Weiwei, who was famously photographed breaking a Han dynasty urn earlier in his career, told the South China Morning Post smashing up a piece of art was acceptable, but only if you own it.

19 Feb 2014 - 5:02am 9 comments

Ai Weiwei to be represented by empty chair at Sweden film festival

The chair created by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei at the Skandia cinema in Stockholm. Photo: AFP

When the Stockholm Film Festival opens on Wednesday, the jury will include world-famous Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei - in spirit only, represented by an empty chair he designed himself.

The 56-year-old Ai, who is not allowed to leave China, was deliberately chosen for the film fest, whose theme this year is “freedom”, even though he was never likely to attend.

5 Nov 2013 - 4:20pm

Ai Weiwei to join Stockholm Film Festival jury

Artist Ai Weiwei. Photo: Simon Song

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei was on Monday appointed to be on the jury of the Stockholm Film Festival even though he was unlikely to be allowed to attend in person, festival organisers said.

23 Sep 2013 - 9:15pm

Tastemaker: Christopher Doyle

Photo: Jonathan Wong

Christopher Doyle is fresh off the plane from Toronto and says he's sipping his first Bloody Mary of the day, but is it really? You have to wonder.

7 Jul 2013 - 1:31pm

Album of the Week: 'The Divine Comedy' by Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei

Like Kanye West, whose recent album was met with more adulation than examination, Ai Weiwei is a cultural icon of such stature that his medium is almost beside the point.

30 Jun 2013 - 5:41pm

Video: artist Ai Weiwei gets candid in new heavy metal album

Ai Weiwei talks about his music album at his studio, as a computer screen shows one of Ai's recent dioramas about his detention. The album is dark, he says, but he's writing love songs now. Photo: Simon Song

Ai Weiwei has long been known for his unrelenting criticism of the government through works ranging from sculptures to art installations. Now, he is bringing this candid approach to his newfound passion for singing.

23 Jun 2013 - 10:18am 2 comments

Ai Weiwei releases video of heavy-metal song

Ai Weiwei in his studio in Beijing on June 21, 2013. Photo: SCMP/Simon Song

"Why are the cops breaching the door?," asks China's most prominent artist-dissident Ai Weiwei in his latest music video.

21 Jun 2013 - 5:09pm 1 comment

Ai Weiwei installation shows his days in detention at Venice Biennale

Ai Weiwei's S.A.C.R.E.D. is a series of dioramas showing his life under the watchful eye of two guards during his 81-days in detention in 2011. It was made secretly in China and taken to Italy via the UK. Photos: NYT

Whether he was sleeping, eating, taking a shower or defecating, dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei spent 81 days under close surveillance by two uniformed guards in a windowless cell two years ago, not knowing his fate. 

29 May 2013 - 10:49am 2 comments