Ai Weiwei  




Ai Weiwei et Qi Zhuo


Ai Weiwei et Qi Zhuo




1957  Ai Weiwei was born in Beijing, on August 28th.


Accused of " rightism  ", his father, the poet Ai Qing ( 1910 1996 ) with all the family ( Gao Ying and their children )


exiled to a labor camp in Dahuang, Heilongjiang.province, in northeast of China.


1959  They are assigned to another camp in Shihezi, Xinjiang.province.


1976 They were allowed to come back to Beijing.


1978  Passionate of art, he joined the  Beiging Film Academy.


He studied with Chen Kaigeand Zhang Yimou


1979  He was one of the founders with Huang Rui, Ma Desheng, Wang Keping, Yan Li, Qu Leilei, Mao Lizi,
Bo Yun, Zhong Acheng, Yang Yiping, and Li Shuang,
of the first vanguard artistic movement in China :
, Stars.


The United States


1981  He moved to the U.S.A. He studied at the Parsons School of Design with Sean Scully.
He performed, created conceptual art by altering readymade objects and he sculpted.
He met the poet Allen Ginsberg and he was particularly interested by the work of Jasper Johns,
Andy Warhol and Marcel Duchamp.




1987  He participated in the founding of the Chinese United Overseas Artists Association with Li Shuang,
Qu Leilei, Zhang Hongtu and played an important role in the collectve experimental art of the East Village.




1993  He retuned to China to see his sick father.
He wrote three books dedicated to experimental artists :
Black Cover Book 1994
White Cover Book 1995 - Gray Cover Book 1997.


1997   He founded the gallery CAAW ( China Art archives & Warehouse )


1998  He created his studio in Caochangdi.


1999  His work was included in the 48th Venice Biennial


2000  He organized with Feng Boyi, in an industrial wasteland, Fuck off , a Chinese Contemporary art exhibition, along with the Shanghai Biennial


2002  He took part to the first Guangzhou Triennial.


2003  He founded  the architecture studi FAKE Design.


2004  First exhibiition at the Kunsthalle Bern, led by Bernard Fibicher.


2006  His work was included in the Sydney Biennial and in the Busan Biennial,in Korea.


2007  His project Fairytale at the Documenta 12 in Kassel, required 1001 Chinese people.


2008  He collaborated with Herzog & de Meuron, as the artistic consultant for design on the Beijing
National Stadium ( The Bird's Nest ), for the Summer Olympics.
He was invited by the Shanghai authorities to build an art studio on the outskirts of the City.


2009  After the Sichuan Earthquake, he investigated government corruption and published on the web,
articles documenting and names of students killed. His blog was shut down.
For his exhibition So Sorry at Haus der Kunst's he created the installation Remembering on Hausder Kunst's,
with the 9000 children backpacks.


2010  On January, The authorities destroyed his studio, just completed, including foundations.  


Iust the pictures taken by the artist were left.


2011  On April 4th, Ai weiwei was arrested for tax evasion, causing many manifestaions support worlwide.


The artist was released on bail, after 81 days in jail.


2012  On  April 24 th, Ai Weiwei was elected unanimously new foreign member of the Royal Academy of Fine
Arts in Stockholm.


2013  Ai Weiwei will be one of the representatives of Germany at the Venice Biennial 2013, announced officials
of the German Pavilion.


 D. Sicard


Multiple Sources: Like every synthesis, this  biography only exists, thanks to the work of specialists that can be found  in the books and catalogues indexed in the bibliography of this site.


Galerie Urs Meile  Beijing  Lucerne


 Michel Nau at The Tate Modern - London 2010 - Photo © Michel Nau


Michel Nau at The Tate Modern - London 2010


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