28 July 2017

Ai Weiwei Refugee Crisis Film Human Flow To Be Screened At Venice

The dissident Chinese artist, activist, and filmmaker Ai Weiwei will be competing in the Venice film festival this year with his film Human Flow, a film about the global refugee crisis.

27 March 2017

Ai Weiwei Builds Fences To Highlight Attitudes Towards Immigration

The Chinese dissident artist and activist Ai Weiwei will return to New York with gallery shows covering four venues. He will utilise the public exhibitions as a metaphor for his travel ban in China as well as the U.S. attitudes towards immigration under the leadership of Donald Trump.

20 February 2017

Ai Weiwei Sculptures Exhibited At YSP 40th Anniversary Celebrations

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park celebrates its 40th anniversary by presenting sculptures by internationally acclaimed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.

8 December 2016

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Quiz – Ai Weiwei

How much do you know about Ai Weiwei?

23 November 2016

Ai Weiwei: New UK Installations At Lisson Promotes Discussion And Dialogue

For his third exhibition at Lisson Gallery London and following his acclaimed exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in 2015, Ai Weiwei returns to the United Kingdom with two installations that promote discussion and dialogue.

21 September 2016

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Ai Weiwei First Major Italian Retrospective Unveiled

Italy’s first major retrospective dedicated to the Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei opens 23 September at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. Curated by Arturo Galansino, Director General of the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi It will present an important insight into the body of work that Mr. Ai has created during different phases of his career. Visitors to the Palazzo will […]

13 June 2016

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Ai Weiwei: Artist And Activist To Speak At Cambridge Union

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is to appear in conversation with Yana Peel, CEO of the Serpentine Galleries, at the Cambridge Union. The renowned artist follows in the footsteps of such respected figures as the Dalai Lama, Winston Churchill, Judi Dench and Salman Rushdie in addressing students at the historic union. Ai is notable for […]

22 May 2016

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Ai Weiwei Exhibition Opens At Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens

The Museum of Cycladic Art (MCA) in Athens has unveiled Ai Weiwei at Cycladic (20 May – 30 Oct 2016). This is the artist’s first major exhibition in Greece which includes a new artwork that responds to the museum’s collection. This is the artist’s first exhibition in an archaeological museum and follows a close collaboration between Ai Weiwei and the MCA. Significant works by the Chinese artist are displayed among […]

29 April 2016

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Lego Apologises To Ai Weiwei For Cancelling Art Installation Order

Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen the billionaire Maker of Lego has publicly admitted that their reluctance to sell their toys to dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei for an art installation was a huge “mistake”. The toymaker came under scrutiny on social media last autumn following Mr Ai’s revealing that the toy giant Lego had refused an order of the plastic […]

28 April 2016

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Instagram’s Democratisation of Photography Is An Art-form Unto itself

From those as successful as Ai Weiwei, to children newly born, it seems that everyone has an Instagram account. That’s no surprise either. It is one of the biggest social media applications, and after being bought by Facebook for $1billion in 2012, it has only grown. Now receiving upwards of 400 million users per month. […]

6 April 2016

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Ai Weiwei To Donate 10% Of Exhibition Takings To Greek Refugee Crisis

A major exhibition of the Chinese dissident artist and activist Ai Weiwei has been announced by the Museum of Cycladic Art (MCA) in Athens. Ai Weiwei at Cycladic (20 May – 30 Oct 2016) will be the artist’s first exhibition within an archeological museum and in the country of Greece. This exhibition will introduce audiences to his practice through many of his significant works, placing them within the […]

3 February 2016

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Ai Weiwei Creates Artwork Using 14,000 Migrant Lifejackets From Lesbos

The Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has begun work on a new art project in Germany. The piece will incorporate 14,000 life jackets discarded by migrants, who came to the island of Lesbos in Greece to shelter. Local mayor Spiros Galinos has provided the floatation devices for the artwork, the office revealed in a statement yesterday.  A statement from the […]

28 January 2016

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Ai Weiwei Shuts Danish Exhibition To Protest New Asylum Seekers Laws

Ai Weiwei, the Chinese dissident artist has shut down an exhibition in Denmark in protest of plans by the Danish Government to confiscate asylum seekers’ valuables, in order to pay for their welfare and upkeep. Workers at the Faurschou Foundation in Copenhagen have confirmed the exhibition closed yesterday. Under new measures, Danish police will be able to seize valuables worth […]

30 December 2015

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Ai Weiwei Volunteers At Moria Refugee Camp, Lesbos

The Chinese dissident artist and honorary Royal Academician Ai Weiwei has long-been a supporter of refugees since the beginning of the European migrant crisis, even walking in support of refugees with Anish Kapoor across London, with Artlyst in attendance. Now, the artist has traveled to the Greek island of Lesbos to volunteer at the Moria […]

24 December 2015

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Ai Weiwei: A Prolific Year For The Chinese Dissident Artist In Pictures

It has been a particularly busy year for the acclaimed dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Artlyst even joined Ai and Anish Kapoor when the artists joined forces for a walk across London as they strode down London’s Piccadilly at the beginning of an eight-mile journey to show solidarity with refugees around the world. We even […]

22 December 2015

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Ai Weiwei Lawyer Pu Zhiqiang Receives Suspended Sentence For Picking Quarrels

Pu Zhiqiang the best known human rights lawyer in China has been found guilty of “inciting ethnic hatred” and “picking quarrels” on his social media posts. Zhiqiang represented the dissident artist Ai Weiwei on tax evasion charges, that many believe were politically motivated. He also campaigned for the eventual abolition of the labour camp system, under which suspects could be detained for years without trial. […]

30 November 2015

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Ai Weiwei’s Visa Finally Approved To Attend National Gallery, Victoria

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s Australian visa has been approved and the artist is expected to arrive in time for the opening of the National Gallery of Victoria’s summer blockbuster show Andy Warhol / Ai Weiwei​. Ai is due in Melbourne the week of the exhibition’s 11 December opening. The artist’s visit had been “confirmed […]

24 November 2015

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Ai Weiwei Splits 400-Year-Old Ming Age Temple In Half

The Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has divided a 400-year-old temple’s 1,500 worn, wooden pieces between two Beijing Galleries. According to Galleria Continua – which is jointly presenting the exhibition with Tang Contemporary Art – the solo exhibition, which concludes on 6 December – is the first time the Chinese artist has created and staged […]

19 November 2015

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Ai Weiwei Creates And Presents Stockholm Impact Award

The Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has collaborated with the Stockholm Film Festival for the third consecutive year – except, of course – it is the first time that the artist has been able to attend in person. Ai sent the art installation The Chair of Nonattendance to the film festival in 2013 as a […]

13 November 2015

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Ai Weiwei: Human Rights Considered ‘Dirty Words’ By UK Politicians

The dissident artist and human right activist Ai Weiwei has criticised British government policy towards nations with tarnished human rights records, reports The Times. Ai was speaking ahead of the launch of his ‘wearable art’ series at London’s Elisabetta Cipriani gallery. The renowned artist attacked British politicians for compromising their values for ‘short term gains’. […]

9 November 2015

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Boris Johnson Reveals £45 Million Pledge For New Cultural Quarter Olympicopolis

Stratford’s Olympic Park was recently the end-point of Anish Kapoor and Ai Weiwei’s march in support of refugees – the artists joined forces for a walk across London as the two strode down London’s Piccadilly accompanied by a hoard of journalists at the beginning of an eight-mile journey to show solidarity with refugees around the […]

6 November 2015

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Ai Weiwei: Latest Lego Collection Point Announced For Finland

Artlyst continues to track the progress of the dissident Chinese artist’s recent struggle for artistic freedom of speech over the controls of corporatism, after Ai Weiwei posted on Instagram: “In September Lego refused Ai Weiwei Studio’s request for a bulk order of Legos to create artwork to be shown at the National Gallery of Victoria […]

3 November 2015

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Photo Feature: Tim Marlow Donates Lego At The Royal Academy Of Arts

After Ai Weiwei, the Chinese dissident artist recently reported that the Danish toy manufacturer Lego had turned down a request by the artist’s Beijing studio for a large order of building blocks, on political grounds. Ai then posted on Instagram, stating Lego had refused their bulk order in September. Lego’s response was that it couldn’t […]

2 November 2015

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Ai Weiwei Explains To Berlin University That Art Is Like Sex

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has finally begun his three-year guest professorship at the Berlin University of the Arts. On Sunday, the new visiting professor was asked whether he could define art. The 58-year-old Ai gave an interesting reply. “I am unable to say anything about this,” the artist stated, speaking to the audience – […]

30 October 2015

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Ai Weiwei: Latest Lego Collection Point Announced For The Netherlands

Artlyst considers Ai Weiwei’s work hugely important and we support his endeavour to fight for freedom of speech and artistic expression. So with that in mind we are looking forward to whatever the artist creates out of his lego collection; once Ai has received his complete Lego donation, prepare yourself for another political work of […]

29 October 2015

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Photo Feature: Ai Weiwei The Lego Donations Begin To Come In

Lego fans have now come to the rescue of the dissident Chinese artist, after Ai Weiwei reported that the Danish toy manufacturer Lego had turned down a request by his Beijing studio for a large order of the plastic model-making building blocks, on political grounds. Image: The first collection point outside Ai Weiwei’s studio in […]

28 October 2015

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Ai Weiwei: Lego Donation Collection Points Announced

After Ai Weiwei, the Chinese dissident artist reported that the Danish toy manufacturer Lego had turned down a request by his Beijing studio for a large order of the plastic model-making building blocks, on political grounds, the artist has announced the first collection points where supporters can deposit their Lego donations. The artist had posted […]

25 October 2015

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Ai Weiwei: Lego Order Refused By Manufacturer On Political Grounds

Ai Weiwei, the Chinese dissident artist has reported that the Danish toy manufacturer Lego has turned down a request by his Beijing studio’s for a large order of the plastic model-making building blocks, on political grounds. The artist posted on Instagram Friday evening, stating Lego had refused their bulk order in September. The popular company said we  “cannot approve the use […]

21 October 2015

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OPINION: Anish Kapoor’s Orbit Tower Dismaland-Style Disappointment

In light of Anish Kapoor’s Olympic Park ArcelorMittal Orbit tower losing £520,000 in 2014-15, burning through £10,000 every week, Artlyst thought it would re-evaluate Kapoor’s towering work. The sculpture/tower, was funded by the ArcelorMittal steel company to the tune of £16 million received £3 million in public funds It opened in 2012 as an observation […]

21 October 2015

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Ai Weiwei Granted A Three-Year Visa To Teach In Germany

The Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei – who has recently been sparring with the Chinese UK ambassador over the artist’s alleged tax evasion, and the quality of his work – has received a visa to stay in Germany for three years and will take up a teaching post at a Berlin university, the artist’s spokeswoman […]

20 October 2015

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Ai Weiwei Uses Instagram To Attack Chinese UK Ambassador 

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei used Instagram in a stream of posts responding to the Chinese government, and its ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, who recently made comments about the artist’s arrest over alleged tax evasion; this has occurred as president Xi Jinping starts a high profile four-day state visit to Britain.  In the […]