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Who is Ai Weiwei?

Ai Weiwei is a Chinese contemporary artist and activist. Ai collaborated with Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron as the artistic consultant on the Beijing National Stadium for the 2008 Olympics. As a political activist, he has been highly and openly critical of the Chinese Government's stance on democracy and human rights. He has investigated government corruption and cover-ups, in particular the Sichuan schools corruption scandal following the collapse of so-called "tofu-dreg schools" in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. In 2011, following his arrest at Beijing Capital International Airport on 3 April, he was held for 81 days without any official charges being filed; officials alluded to their allegations of "economic crimes".


"Ai Weiwei" is an award-winning photo by Stefen Chow depicting: Portrait of Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei.

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    • World Press Photo Award for Staged Portraits (Single), received by Stefen Chow

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Google previewDictionary of World Biography (2017)

Fourth edition by Barry Jones

Ai Weiwei ( 1957– ).

Google previewEncyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Fourth Edition (2017)

by Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A., Mehdi

Ai Weiwei has openly criticized the ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Contemporary Germany (2016)

by Derek Lewis, Ulrike Zitzlsperger

International members include the artist Ai Weiwei, the architect Lord Norman Foster, and the writer Cees Nooteboom. The academy is responsible for a number of prestigious awards, including the Heinrich Mann Prize and Alfred Döblin Prize. In all, Germany now has seven large academies of science and five academies with a focus on arts and literature; the largest is the Berlin Academy of Arts, with specialist sections such as art and architecture, music, literature, cinema, and visual ...

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Artist Ai Weiwei explores definition of freedom at Alcatraz

Most people who take the ferry to Alcatraz are going to tour the legendary former prison in San Francisco Bay. They may be surprised to find seven new works by ...

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