artist Ai Weiwei taking a selfie in a bathroom mirror

Ai Weiwei

Monumental art speaks truth to power

"The individual’s yearning for freedom can never be repressed. It always finds expression, in one form or another."

Ai Weiwei is unafraid to speak truth to power. He’s one of the most famous living artists today – a testament to the breadth and vision of his practice. Effortlessly, he moves between different media, from sculpture and architecture to performance and documentary film. His work is often monumental in scale and is driven by a hunger for truth and justice. In 2008, for example, Ai spent many months...

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Ai Weiwei was born in 1957 in Beijing and now lives and works between Cambridge, Lisbon and Berlin.


Ai is renowned for championing human rights. He received the 2015 Ambassador of Conscience Award from Amnesty International and the 2012 Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent from the Human Rights Foundation.

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In 1960s New York Ai met the legendary beat poet Allen Ginsberg, who encouraged him to document his memories. Doing so remains a cornerstone of Ai's practice, and of his diary-like Instagram feed.

Collaborations with Ai Weiwei

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