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'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 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 attended the Art Students League of New York from 1983 to 1986, where he studied with Bruce Dorfman, Knox Martin and Richard Pousette-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


…  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.
2012 54 Years Old 1 More Event
In summer 2012, Ai teamed again with Herzog & de Meuron on a "would-be archaeological site as a game of make-believe and fleeting memory" as the year's temporary Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London's Kensington Gardens.
On 22 May 2013, Ai debuted his first single Dumbass over the internet, with a music video shot by cinematographer Christopher Doyle. … Read More
Ai Weiwei came top of London’s paid exhibitions list in 2015 with 4,335 visitors a day at the Royal Academy of Arts.
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