Ai Wei Wei
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Ai Weiwei (born 18 May 1957) is a Chinese contemporary artist, active in sculpture, installation, architecture, curating, photography, film, and social, political activist. Among his varied production, Ai has criticized his government by appropriating many objects from traditional Chinese culture like antique furniture and pottery. Ai has appropriated a series of Han Dynasty vases, to paint “Coca-cola” logos on them, dip them in bright colors that clash with the original brown tones, and has had his photo taken while dropping the precious vases. This series was done as a comment on the government’s blind modernization reforms, for example destroying whole community neighbourhoods to build roads and new infrastructures. In another installation entitled “So Sorry”, he is constructed a mural of 9,000 colorful children’s backpacks on a building façade in Munich. The bags spelled out “She lived happily for seven years in the world” — a quote from a mother whose daughter died when her school collapsed during an earthquake in 2008.


Artist images


     Ai Weiwei Han Dynasty Urn with Coca-Cola Logo 10" by 11" by 11" paint/Han Dynasty urn 1994
Ai Weiwei Han Dynasty Urn with Coca-Cola Logo 10" by 11" by 11" paint/Han Dynasty urn 1994

Ai Weiwei, "So Sorry" (2010)
Ai Weiwei, "So Sorry" (2010)

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Artist external links

https://twitter.com/aiww
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ai_Weiwei
http://aiweiwei.com/



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