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Ai Weiwei

Born Aug 28, 1957

Ai Weiwei is a Chinese contemporary artist, active in sculpture, installation, architecture, curating, photography, film, and social, political and cultural criticism. 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.… Read More

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1957 Birth Born on August 28, 1957.
1958 Birth Ai Weiwei's father was the Chinese poet Ai Qing, who was denounced during the Anti-Rightist Movement. In 1958, the family was sent to a labour camp in Beidahuang, Heilongjiang, when Ai Weiwei was one year old. … Read More


1978 20 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1978, Ai enrolled in the Beijing Film Academy and studied animation.
1981 23 Years Old From 1981 to 1993, he lived in the United States, mostly in New York City. … Read More
1983 25 Years Old Ai Weiwei attended the Art Students League of New York from 1983 to 1986, where he studied with Bruce Dorfman, Knox Martin and Richard Poussette-Dart. … Read More


1993 35 Years Old In 1993, Ai returned to China after his father became ill. … Read More


1999 41 Years Old In 1999, Ai moved to Caochangdi, in the northeast of Beijing, and built a studio house – his first architectural project. … Read More
2000 42 Years Old In 2000, he co-curated the art exhibition Fuck Off with curator Feng Boyi in Shanghai, China. … Read More
2005 47 Years Old In 2005, Ai was invited to start blogging by Sina Weibo, the biggest internet platform in China. … Read More
2007 49 Years Old …  In August 2007, he also accused those choreographing the Olympic opening ceremony, including Steven Spielberg and Zhang Yimou, of failing to live up to their responsibility as artists. … Read More


2008 50 Years Old 1 More Event
…  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. … Read More
On 20 March 2009, he posted a blog titled "Citizens' Investigation" and wrote: "To remember the departed, to show concern for life, to take responsibility, and for the potential happiness of the survivors, we are initiating a "Citizens' Investigation." … Read More
In November 2010, Ai was placed under house arrest by the Chinese police. … Read More
In the evening of 11 January 2011, Ai's studio was demolished in a surprise move by the local government.
…  Lawyers acting for Ai submitted an appeal against the fine in January 2012; the Chinese government subsequently agreed to conduct a review. … Read More
On 22 May 2013, Ai Weiwei debuted his first single Dumbass over the internet, with a music video shot by cinematographer Christopher Doyle. … Read More
2014 56 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2014, Ai Weiwei had a piece named, "Illumination (2014) is housed in the old prison hospital, which looks and feels like the set of a horror film needing no embellishment. … Read More
2015 57 Years Old 1 More Event
Until 2015, he remains under heavy surveillance and restrictions of movement, but continues to criticize through his work.
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