He Xie
He Xie

About Ai Weiwei

A cultural figure of international renown, Ai Weiwei is an activist, architect, curator, filmmaker, and China’s most famous artist. Open in his criticism of the Chinese government, Ai was famously detained for months in 2011, then released to house arrest. “I don’t see myself as a dissident artist,” he says. “I see them as a dissident government!” Some of Ai’s best known works are installations, often tending towards the conceptual and sparking dialogue between the contemporary world and traditional Chinese modes of thought and production. For Sunflower Seeds (2010) at the Tate Modern, he scattered 100 million porcelain “seeds” handpainted by 1,600 Chinese artisans—a commentary on mass consumption and the loss of individuality. His infamous Coca Cola Vase (1994) is a Han Dynasty urn emblazoned with the ubiquitous soft-drink logo. Ai also served as artistic consultant on the design of the “Bird’s Nest” stadium for Beijing’s 2008 Olympics, and has curated pavilions and museum exhibitions around the globe.

Chinese, b. 1957, Beijing, China, based in Beijing, China

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Ai Weiwei - #SafePassage, Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, Amsterdam
2016
Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
2015
Ai Weiwei, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2015
Ai Weiwei: Ruptures, Faurschou Foundation, Nordhavn
2014
Ai Weiwei: According to What?, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Ai Weiwei - #SafePassage, Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, Amsterdam
2016
Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
2016
Ai Weiwei: Exaggeration, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki
2015
Ai Weiwei, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2015
Ai Weiwei: Ruptures, Faurschou Foundation, Nordhavn
2014
Ai Weiwei: According to What?, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn
2013
Ai Weiwei: According to What?, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Campaign for Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), San Francisco
2015
Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2014
2013
Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
2013
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