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Birthplace
Beijing

Birth year
1957

Lives in
Beijing

Works in
Beijing

Upcoming Exhibitions and Events
Current Exhibitions and Events
Jun, 2015 Tiger, Tiger, Tiger
CHAMBERS FINE ART BEIJING
 
Jun, 2015 AB Blood Type
Magician Space
 
Jun, 2015 AI WEIWEI
Tang Contemporary Art Beijing
 
Sep, 2014 Highlights of the Collection
MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst & MMK Zollamt
 
Statement

Ai Weiwei, is a leading Chinese artist, curator, architectural designer, cultural and social commentator and activist.

In 1978, he was one of the founders of the early avant garde art group the "Stars". The group subsequently disbanded in 1983. From 1981 to 1993, he lived in the United States, mostly in New York, doing performance art and creating conceptual art by altering readymade objects.

Back in Beijing, he helped establish the experimental artists' East Village and published a series of three books about this new generation of artists: Black Cover Book (1994), White Cover Book (1995), and Gray Cover Book (1997).

In 2000, he co-curated the notorious art exhibition "Fuck Off" with curator Feng Boyi in Shanghai, China. He moved to Caochangdi where he built a compound of houses and opened his studio REAL/FAKE.

In 2006, Ai Weiwei and HHF Architects designed a private residence in Columbia County, New York for collectors Christopher Tsai and André Stockamp; according to the New York Times, the house, which was completed in 2008, is "extraordinarily refined" and is designed to incorporate a large contemporary Chinese art collection. He was the artistic consultant for design, collaborating with the Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron, for the Beijing National Stadium for the 2008 Summer Olympics, also known as the "Bird's Nest."

His artwork has been exhibited extensively in Australia, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea and the United States. His work was included in the 48th Venice Biennale 1999, Italy; the First Guangzhou Triennial 2002, China; "Zones of Contact: 2006 Biennale of Sydney"; and Documenta 12, where his monumental outdoor sculpture titled "Template" collapsed after a storm. In December 2009, Ai Weiwei opened an exhibition of his work at the Comme des garcons store in Hong Kong.

 

Recent Exhibits

Ai Weiwei participated in these exhibits:

Apr, 2015 A Journal of the Plague Year
Kadist Art Foundation
 
Apr, 2015 A Journal of the Plague Year
The Lab
 
Jan, 2015 Self: Portraits of Artists in their Absence
National Academy Museum
 
Dec, 2014 Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold
Palm Springs Art Museum
 
Dec, 2014 Artists for Artists: 51st Anniversary Exhibition to Benefit the Foundation for Contemporary Arts
Matthew Marks Gallery - 526 W. 22nd St.
 
Dec, 2014 Ai Weiwei’s Appeal ¥ 15,220,910.50 (Ai Weiwei; China, 2014)
PFA Theater: Pacific Film Archive
 
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Ai Weiwei has Exhibited at these venues:

Pacific Asia Museum CHAMBERS FINE ART BEIJING
Magician Space Tang Contemporary Art Beijing
Kadist Art Foundation The Lab
National Academy Museum Palm Springs Art Museum
Matthew Marks Gallery - 526 W. 22nd St. PFA Theater: Pacific Film Archive
Galeria Pilar Galleria Continua - San Gimignano
The Art Students League's Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery The Menil Collection
Venus Over Manhattan Francis M. Naumann Fine Art
MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst & MMK Zollamt Mizuma Gallery - Singapore
White Rabbit Gallery Ethan Cohen Fine Arts
Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Mudam Luxembourg
ALEXANDER OCHS PROJECTS Marlborough Broome Street
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art Lisson Gallery
Mana Contemporary Power Station of Art
Brooklyn Museum of Art Martin-Gropius-Bau
Olympia Grand Hall Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art
Whitebox Art Center PinchuckArtCentre
Phoenix Art Museum Haines Gallery
Rubell Family Collection Pérez Art Museum Miami
Ben Brown Fine Arts Hong Kong Dairy Art Centre
Sean Kelly Gallery USF Contemporary Art Museum
Art Gallery of Ontario Cleveland Museum of Art
Michael Janssen Singapore SOMArts Cultural Center
Blanton Museum of Art Art Basel
MALONEY FINE ART (Los Angeles) La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale)
Groninger Museum Para/Site Art Space
Socrates Sculpture Park MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)
Institut du Monde Arabe Indianapolis Museum of Art
Minneapolis Institute of Arts Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert
Collectif Einzweidrei New Orleans Museum of Art
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
GALERIE URS MEILE Lucerne Paris-Beijing Gallery - Hotel Winssinger
Mary Boone Gallery - 24th St. Mary Boone Gallery - 5th Ave.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden ERNST MÚZEUM
SITE Santa Fe Serpentine Gallery
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego-La Jolla National Cultural-Art and Museum Complex "Mystetskyi Arsenal"
Olyvia Fine Art University of Toronto Art Centre
AIA Houston Chapter Lisson Gallery
Index Art Center San Francisco Art Institute
Galerie Paris-Beijing Walker Art Center
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego-Downtown Jeu de Paume
LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art Paul Kasmin Gallery 515 West 27th Street
Taipei Fine Arts Museum Victoria and Albert Museum
Faurschou Foundation (Beijing) Künstlerhaus Graz
Asia Society Museum Friedman Benda
Knoxville Museum of Art Galleri Faurschou(Denmark)
Royal Geographical Society Tate Modern
Bienal de São Paulo GALLERIA CONTINUA / Beijing
Presidio Habitats EPresidio Habitats Exhibition Pavilion, Fort Scott Districthibition Pavilion, Fort Scott District All new Oceanfront Site 21-22nd on the beach/off of Collins Ave
Galerie Dorothea van der Koelen Mori Art Museum
MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) at Grand Ave. Museum of Arts and Design
Morono Kiang Gallery Chambers Fine Art
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Groninger Museum China Art Archives and Warehouse
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