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Birthplace
Beijing

Birth year
1957

Lives in
Beijing

Works in
Beijing

Current Exhibitions and Events
Dec, 2014 Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold
Palm Springs Art Museum
 
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 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
 
Nov, 2014 Leilão de Parede 2014 | Associação Viva e Deixe Viver
Galeria Pilar
 
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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 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 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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