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Beijing: Chang'an Boulevard, 2004 Video Still © Ai Weiwei
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Descending Light, 2007 Glass Crystals/stainless Brass, Electric Lights 156 by 180 by 268 in © Courtesy of the artist and Mary Boone Gallery
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Whitewash, 1993-2000 Installation With 132 Neolithic Vases and White Paint Variable, Approx. 49 X 49' © courtesy of Sigg Collection
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"Forever" Bicycles , 2003 42 Bicycles H. 275cm, O450cm © FAKE Studio
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Bowl of Pearls, 2006 Porcelain, Freshwater Pearls Each H. 43cm, O100cm © FAKE Studio
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© Galleri Faurschou(Beijing)
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Temple, 2006 Compressed Bamboo 720 X 540 X 540 Cm © DSL Collection
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Untitled n°12, 1983 Oil on Canvas 141 Cm X 125 Cm © DSL Collection
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Temple, 2006 Compressed Bamboo 720 X 540 X 540 Cm © DSL Collection
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Dress with Flowers, 2006 Porcelain 2.75 X 35.5 X 25.5 Inches © Ai Weiwei
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© Courtesy of the artist & Galleri Faurschou(Denmark)
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© Courtesy of the artist & Asia Society Museum
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(Detail) The Zodiac Project © AW Asia
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Coca-Cola vase, 1997 Neolithic Vase (5000-3000 BC) and Paint © Courtesy of André Stockcamp & Christopher Tsai collection, Ancram, New York
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Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 1983 © Courtesy of the artist & Three Shadows Photography Art Centre and Chambers Fine Art
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"Fairytale - 1001 Chairs" (Nr. D - 147), 2007 Qing Dynasty Wooden Chairs 1644-1911 © Courtesy of the Artist and Olyvia Fine Art
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Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads, August 20, 2011–February 12, 2012, Los Angeles County Museum of Art Installation View © Museum Associates/LACMA
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Ai Weiwei reaching for the Dog Zodiac Head at the bronze foundry in Chengdu, China, photograph taken April 2010 © AW Asia
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© Courtesy of the artist & Taipei Fine Arts Museum
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Book cover. Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals and the Garden of Brightness , 2011 © Courtesy of the artist & Paul Kasmin Gallery 515 West 27th Street
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© Courtesy of the artist & Künstlerhaus Graz
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Study of Perspective — The Eiffel Tower , 1995-2010 C-print 32,5 X 49,5 Cm © Courtesy of the artist and Jeu de Paume
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Dragon from Zodiac Heads/Circle of Animals: Gold , 2010 Gold-plated Bronze © Courtesy of a Private Collection
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© Courtesy of the artist & Lisson Gallery
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Lower East Side Restaurant (Allen Ginsberg & Ai Weiwei), 1988 © Courtesy Ai Weiwei Studio
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Forever, 2003 © Courtesy of the Tiroche DeLeon Collection & Art Vantage PCC Limited
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Rebar 42, 2008 - 2012 Steel 57 X 116 X 15 Cm © Courtesy of the artist & GALERIE URS MEILE Lucerne
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Colored Vases, 2006–8 Vases From Neolithic Age (5000–3000 BCE) and Industrial Paint; Nine Pieces From Two Sets © Courtesy of the Art Issue Editions, Inc.
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Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads (detail), 2010 Bronze © Courtesy of the artist & Cleveland Museum of Art
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Bang, 2013 © Roman Mensing in cooperation with Thorsten Arendt, artdoc.de/ courtesy of the artist and gallery neugerriemschneider, Berlin
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© Courtesy of the artist and the Art Gallery of Ontario
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Grapes, 2011 23 Antique Chinese Stools © Courtesy of the artist and Neugerriemschneider, Berlin
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Map of China, 2008 © Courtesy of the artist and Pérez Art Museum Miami
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Han Dynasty Vases with Auto Paint , 2014 © Ai Weiwei. Foto © Mathias Völzke
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Yuan Ming Yuan, Beijing, 1977 © Ai Weiwei
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© Courtesy of the Artist and Lisson Gallery
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Iron Tree, 2013 Cast Iron, Edition of 3 (H) 628 X 710 X 710 Cm © Courtesy of the artist & The Yorkshire Sculpture Park
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Dropping a Han dynasty urn (detail) , 1995 Gelatin Silver Photograph on Paper © Courtesy of the artist & The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art
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Project for the Navajo Reservation, 2014 © Image credit: Robert Schwan
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Window Crank, 2013 Glass 11.5 X 4 X 3.5 Cm © Courtesy of the artist & The Mizuma Gallery
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© Courtesy of the artist & Francis Naumann Fine Art
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Circle of Shoes, 1986 Leather Shoes 13 X 24 in
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© Courtesy of the Artist and Francis Naumann Fine Art
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Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold, 2010 Bronze With Gold Patina © AW Asia and Tom Powel 2014
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Tree, 2015 Tree Sections, Steel 289 1/2 X 278 1/2 X 271 3/4 in © Courtesy of the Artist and CHAMBERS FINE ART BEIJING
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© Courtesy of the Artist and Magician Space
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Wang Family Ancestral Hall, 2015 Over 1,300 Pieces of Various Wooden Building Elements From Late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) With Original Carvings and Painted Replacements 2100×1680×942 Cm © Courtesy of the Artist and Tang Contemporary Art Beijing
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The Classics of Mountains and Seas Lantern, 2015 Metal Structure With Silk Surface, House Paint and Light Fixtures © Courtesy of the Artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA / Beijing
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Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold (detail: Dragon), 2010 Bronze With Gold Patina Dimensions Variable. Private Collection © Image courtesy of Ai Weiwei
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Rat, 2010 Gold Gilded Cast Bronze 27 7/8” X 12 7/8” X 20 7/8” (not Including Wooden Stand) © Courtesy of Heather James Fine Art
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© Courtesy of the Artist and Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga
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Bicycle Basket with Flowers in Porcelain, 2014 Porcelain 14.5 X 13.5 X 8 Inches
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Forever, 2003 64 Forever Brand Steel Bicycles. the Ella Fontanals-cisneros Collection. Reproduced With Permission © Photography courtesy of Chuck Choi
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© Courtesy of the Artist and Nevada Museum of Art
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Colored Vases, 2010 Ceramic With Industrial Paint Dimensions Variable; (approx. 17 X 22 In. Each) © Ai Weiwei, Photo by Nathaniel Willson
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Tyre, 2016 Marble © Ai Weiwei, Ai Weiwei Studio
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Iron Tree Trunk, 2015 Cast Iron 433 X 187 X 130 Cm Edition of 2 Plus 1 AP © Courtesy of the Artist and Galerie Max Hetzler
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© Courtesy of the Artist and Lisson Gallery
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© Courtesy of the Artist and Mary Boone Gallery
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Beijing
Birth year
1957
Lives in
Beijing
Works in
Beijing
Current Exhibitions and Events
Nov, 2016
Fondation
Lisson Gallery
Nov, 2016
Roots and Branches
Lisson Gallery - New York
Nov, 2016
Ai Weiwei 2016: Roots and Branches
Mary Boone Gallery - 5th Ave.
Nov, 2016
Ai Weiwei 2016: Roots and Branches
Mary Boone Gallery - 24th St.
Apr, 2014
Colored Vases
Seattle Asian 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.

 

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