mythological figures at château la coste | ai weiwei.
Ai Weiwei is an artist. Born in 1957, he currently resides and works in Beijing.
Ai Weiwei (Chinese: 艾未未; pinyin: Ài Wèiwèi, English pronunciation (help·info); born 28 August 1957 in Beijing) is a Chinese Contemporary artist and activist. His father’s (Ai Qing) original surname was written Jiang (蔣). 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. 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. In 2011, following his arrest at Beijing Capital International Airport on 3 April, he was held for 81 days without any official charges being filed; officials alluded to their allegations of “economic crimes”.
the pieces are made using traditional chinese kite-making techniques and adopt a wide range of references to mythology and ai weiwei’s own life experiences. suspended overhead is a larger-than-life sized figure that spans almost the entire length of the room, looming above a collection of carefully-crafted characters placed across the walls.