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  • Oct 26, 2014
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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.

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

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.

Sunday, 28 September, 2014, 5:13am

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

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 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

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

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

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

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 10 comments

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

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

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

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

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 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

"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

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

Ai Weiwei releases first single from debut album

Dissident artist Ai Weiwei made his first foray into the musical world yesterday with the release of a single from his debut album, a song called Dumbass that takes inspiration from his detention in 2011.

23 May 2013 - 5:02am 1 comment