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Blue-and-White Porcelain Vases, 2017, porcelain, 52 x 52 x 50,5 cm.

Ai Weiwei

Blue-and-White Porcelain Vases, 2017, porcelain, 52 x 52 x 50,5 cm.

Ai Weiwei

Watermelon, 2015, porcelain, 45 x 45 x 47 cm.

Ai Weiwei

Feiyu, 2015, bamboo and silk, 320 x 200 x 60 cm. Photo Alessandro Moggi. Courtesy Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi

Ai Weiwei

Treasure Box, 2014, Huali wood, 100 x 100 x 100 cm.

Ai Weiwei

Treasure Box, 2014, Huali wood, 100 x 100 x 100 cm.

Ai Weiwei

Stacked, 2012, 950 bicycles, variable dimensions. Photo Ela Bialkowska

Ai Weiwei

Stacked, 2012, 950 bicycles, variable dimensions. Photo Ela Bialkowska

Ai Weiwei

Ordos 100 Model, 2011, pine wood, video, 80 x 1511 x 1357,3 cm, 1h 0m 57s, Presented with texts and images from 100 architects. Photo Oak Taylor-Smith

Ai Weiwei

Ordos 100 Model, 2011, pine wood, video, 80 x 1511 x 1357,3 cm, 1h 0m 57s, Presented with texts and images from 100 architects. Photo Oak Taylor-Smith

Ai Weiwei

Colored Vases, 2010, Neolithic and Han Dynasty vases in industrial paint, 1 set of 3 vases: 33 x 33 x 38 cm, 34 x 34 x 38 cm and 35 x 35 x 38 cm.

Ai Weiwei

Bubble, 2008, porcelain, 70 x 70 x 30 cm.

Ai Weiwei

Porcelain Vases with Bamboo Poles, 2008, bamboo, porcelain, blue vase: 28 x 28 x 43 cm, white vase: 35 x 35 x 28 cm. Photo Alessandro Moggi. Courtesy Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi

Ai Weiwei

Porcelain Vases with Bamboo Poles, 2008, bamboo, porcelain, blue vase: 28 x 28 x 43 cm, white vase: 35 x 35 x 28 cm. Photo Alessandro Moggi. Courtesy Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi

Ai Weiwei

Very Yao, 2008, bicycles, 680 x 200 x 200 cm. Photo Ela Bialkowska

Ai Weiwei - a voice of respect for human rights

Ai Weiwei was born in 1957 in Beijing. He moved to USA in 1981 and lived in New York for ten years. It was in New York that he was impressed by the works of Andy Warhol and Duchamp. When he had to move back to China because of his father’s health, Ai Weiwei became interested in architecture. He designed his own studio house in Caochangdi, on the north-east edge of Beijing before founding his architecture studio in 2003.
In 2017 he participated in the 74th Venice International Film Festival with his documentary “Human Flow”. The film tells, with great visual expression, the epic migration of human multitudes, following the heart-breaking chain of human movement through 23 Countries.
Nowadays, as the most influential Chinese artist of our time, Ai Weiwei through his art, has always been a defender and a voice of respect for human rights. Thanks to Ai Weiwei's provocative instinct, he is able to move between politics, activism and artistic research, making him a major symbol of the struggle for freedom of expression.
His works of art take the form of installation, video, photography, sculpture and recall ancient Chinese history as well as modern contexts. Ai Weiwei often juxtaposes contemporary and ancient, and future and present, through traditional techniques, images and metaphors of Chinese culture. His aim is to denounce the social contradictions between the individual and the community in the contemporary world. 

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