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Birthplace
Beijing

Birth year
1957

Lives in
Beijing

Works in
Beijing

Upcoming Exhibitions and Events
Dec, 2014 Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold
Palm Springs Art Museum
 
Dec, 2014 Ai Weiwei’s Appeal ¥ 15,220,910.50 (Ai Weiwei; China, 2014)
PFA Theater: Pacific Film Archive
 
Current Exhibitions and Events
Oct, 2014 Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence
The Menil Collection
 
Aug, 2014 COMMUNE
White Rabbit Gallery
 
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:

Nov, 2014 Leilão de Parede 2014 | Associação Viva e Deixe Viver
Galeria Pilar
 
Oct, 2014 Making/Breaking Traditions: Teachers of Ai Weiwei
The Art Students League's Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery
 
Sep, 2014 FIRE!
Venus Over Manhattan
 
Sep, 2014 Solo Exhibition
Francis Naumann Fine Art
 
Aug, 2014 BEYOND STUFF
Mizuma Gallery - Singapore
 
Jul, 2014 BBBBBREEZE
Ethan Cohen Fine Arts
 
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Palm Springs Art Museum PFA Theater: Pacific Film Archive
Galeria Pilar The Art Students League's Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery
The Menil Collection Venus Over Manhattan
Francis Naumann Fine Art 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
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
Galleria Continua - San Gimignano 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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