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Ai Weiwei
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Nov 19, 2010 - Feb 19, 2011
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AI WEIWEI

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Born 1957 in Beijing
Lives and works in Beijing, China

Selected Awards

2010 The Art Review Power 100, rank 13
The Prism of Reason, Kassel Citizen Award, Kassel, Germany
Honorar Doctorate Degree, Faculty of Politics and Social Science, University of Gent, Belgium.
2009 GQ Men of the Year 2009
The Art Review Power 100, rank 43
2008 Chinese Contemporary Art Award

Selected Activities

2010 Jury member for Future Generation Art Prize, Kiev, Ukraine
Design for Comme de Garcons Aoyama Store, Tokyo, Japan
Digital Activism in China: A discussion with Jack Dorsey (co-founder of Twitter) and Richard MacManus, The Paley Media Center, New York, U.S.
International Culture festival Litcologne, talk with Nobel Prize winner Herta Müller, in Cologne, Germany.
2008 Curator of the architecture project Ordos 100
Citizen Investigation” project, researching information about the students that died in the Earthquake in Sichuan on May 12th, 2008
2007 participation in Documenta 12, Kassel, Germany. For his project “Fairytale” he invited 1001 Chinese citizens to Kassel
2003-2008 Commissioned to design the Beijing’s 2008 Olympic Stadium together with Herzog & de Meuron, finished construction in 2008.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2012 Ai Weiwei Interlacing, Jeu de Paume, Paris
Ai Weiwei, Museum de Pont, Tilburg
Ai Weiwei Interlacing, Kistefos-Museet, Jevnaker, Norway
2011 Ai Weiwei: Teehaus, 2009, Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Berlin
Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads: Taipei Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan,Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, Pulitzer Fountain in Grand Army Plaza Central Park, New York and The Courtyard at Somerset House, London
Ai Weiwei, Foto Museum, Winterthur, Switzerland
Ai Weiwei, Lisson Gallery, London
Ai Weiwei, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria
Ai Weiwei, Dropping the Urn (Ceramic Works, 5000BC-AD2010), Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Ai Weiwei, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk
Ai Weiwei in New York, Fotografien 1983-1993 – Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
Ai Weiwei Absent, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei
2010 Ai Weiwei, Faurschou Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Cube Light, MISA SHIN GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan
A Few Works from Ai Weiwei, Alexander Ochs Galleries, Berlin, Germany
The Unilever Series: Ai Weiwei, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London, UK
Hurt Feelings, Galerie Christine Koenig Galerie, Vienna, Austria
Ai Weiwei, Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne, Switzerland
Dropping the Urn, ceramics 5000BCE-2010CE, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, USA
Ai Weiwei, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Barely something, Stiftung DKM, Duisburg, Germany
Dropping the Urn, ceramics 5000BCE-2010CE, Arcadia University Gallery, Glenside, USA
2009 With Milk_find something everybody can use, Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, Barcelona, Spain
World Map, Faurschou Gallery, Beijing, China
So sorry, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
According to What?, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Ways Beyond Art, Ivory Press Space, Madrid, Spain
Four Movements, Phillips de Pury, London, UK
Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs 1983-1993, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, China
2008 Ai Weiwei, Albion Gallery, London, UK
Ai Weiwei, Hyundai Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Under Construction, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Campbelltown Arts Center, Sydney, Australia
Illumination, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, USA
Go China! Ai Weiwei, Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands
2007 Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing-Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland
Traveling Landscapes, AedesLand, Berlin, Germany
2006 Fragments, Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing-Lucerne, Beijing, China

Selected Group Exhibitions

2012 Beyond the Wall, Catello di Rivoli, Torino, Italy
Art and Press. Kunst. Wahrheit. Wirklichkeit, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
Art and Press. Kunst. Wahrheit. Wirklichkeit, ZKM Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany
Public: Collective Identity: Occupied Space, Contact Photography Festival 2012, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
2011 Mit Feuer und Flamme – Keramik in der Gegenwartskunst, Museum Villa Rot, Burgriden-Rot, Germany
4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
The Art of Deceleration. Motion and Rest in Art from Caspar David Friedrich to Ai Weiwei, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea
Camulodunum, Inaugural exhibition, Firstsite, Colchester, UK
Shanshui -Poetry without Sound? Landscape in Chinese Contemporary Art, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland
The last freedom -From the pioneers of Land-Art oft he 1960s to nature in cyberspace, Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany
I promise to love you, Caldic Collection, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2010 29th Sao Paulo Biennial, Sao Paolo Biennial, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy
Taking a Stance, 8 Critical Attitudes in Chinese and Dutch Architecture and Design, OCAT Art & Design Gallery, Shenzhen, China
Regionale 10, Liezen, Austria
The Problem of Asia, Chalk Horse, Sydney, Australia
Marcel Duchamp and the Forestay Waterfall, Salle Davel, Cully, Switzerland
Lost and Found, Neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Germany
Taking a Stance, 8 Critical Attitudes in Chinese and Dutch Architecture and Design, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
Rema(i)nders, Galleria Continua, Beijing, China
The State of Things. Brussels / Beijing, (curator) National Art Museum, Beijing, China
Acconci Studio + Ai Weiwei: A Collaborative Project, Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong
Taking a Stance, 8 Critical Attitudes in Chinese and Dutch Architecture and Design, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
Until Now: Collecting the New (1960-2010), Target Gallery, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, USA
Taking a Stance, 8 Critical Attitudes in Chinese and Dutch Architecture and Design, Dutch Culture Center, Shanghai, China
Radical Conceptual, Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Contemplating the Void, Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
2009 Beg, Borrow and Steal, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, USA
Fascination with the Foreign: China-Japan-Europe, The Hetjens Museum, Dusseldorf, Germany
Garbage, AfterGallery, projectroom, Moscow, Russia
Attitude, Shit-art Center, Zhengzhou, China
The State of Things. Brussels/Beijing, (curator) Bozar Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium
Pete and Repeat-the works from the Zabludowicz Collection, 176, London, UK
Void of Memory, Kimusa of Platform 2009, Seoul, Korea
Fairytale, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzliya, Israel
The Making of Art, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
I want to talk to you, T.art Center, Beijing, China
The Big World: Recent Art from China, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, USA
Map Games: Dynamic of change, Center for Contemporary Arts (CAOS), Terni, Italy
United Technologies, Lismore Castle, Lismore, Ireland
The Making of Art, Kunsthalle Schirn, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Action-Camera: Beijing Performance Photography, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, The Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, USA
2008 Earthquake, Art Channel, Beijing, China
China: Construction / Deconstruction – Chinese Contemporary Art, Museu de Arte de São Paolo, São Paolo, Brazil
Out there: Architecture Beyond Building, Biennale Arcitecture, 11th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice, Italy
Liverpool Biennial International 08:Made Up, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
Super Fengshui: UCCA Site Commissions,Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
Reconstruction # 3. The Artists Playground, Sudeley Castle, Gloucestershire, UK
China Power Station: Part III. Musee d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Branded and on Display. Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, USA
Branded and on Display. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, USA
Branded and on Display. Salt Lake City Art Center. Salt Lake City, USA
Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA
Hypallage-The Post-Modern Mode of Contemporary Chinese Art, OCT Art & Design Gallery, Shenzhen, China
Half-Life of a Dream-Contemporary Chinese Art from the Logan Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA
Selections from the Hara Museum’s Permanent Collection, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, USA
China. The City exp(l)osed, Institut Francais d’Architecture & du Patrimoine, Paris, France
Map games: Dynamic of change, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
China Gold -Chinese Contemporary Art, Musée Maillol, Paris, France
Interval of Silence, RedStar Gallery, Beijing, China
Body Media, Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
Delirious Beijing, PKM Gallery, Beijing, China
Community of Tastes, Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
New Vista -The Phenomenon of Post-Tradition in Contemporary Art, White Space Gallery, Beijing, China
Body Media, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
Red Aside: Chinese Contemporary Art of the Sigg Collection, Fundacio Joan Miro, Barcelona, Spain
The Real Thing. Contemporary Art from China, Institut Valencia d’Art Modern (IVAM), Valencia, Spain
2007 Sixth Shenzhen Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition A Vista of Perspectives, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen, China
Origin Point: Star Star Group. Retrospective Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
EI-Entity Identity -Beijing Series. Western Concepts-Chinese Drafts, Stedelijk Museum s’ Hertogenbosch, MB ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
Fortunate Objects: Selections from the Ella Fontanals Cisneros Collection, CIFO Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, USA
Inspired by China -Contemporary Furnituremakers Explore Chinese Traditions, Museum of Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, USA
China Now, Cobra Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Get It Louder, SOHO Shangdu, Beijing, China
Something New Pussycat, Klara Wallner Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Energies-Synergy, Foundation De 11 Lijnen, Oudenburg, Belgium
Chinese Video: Chord Chances in the Megalopolis, Morono Kiang Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Mahjong – Chinesische Gegenwartskunst aus der Sammlung Sigg, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria
documenta 12, Kassel, Germany
Contemporary Art Exhibitions of Kogo Art Space, Kogo Art Space, Hangzhou, China
Metamorphosis: The Generation of Transformation in Chinese Contemporary Art, Tampere Art Museum, Tampere, Finland
Thermocline of Art. New Asian Waves, ZKM – Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany
Art from China-Collection Uli Sigg, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
China Welcomes you… Desires, Struggles, New Identities, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria
The Year of the Golden Pig – Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork University College, Cork, Ireland
Money, Beijing Today Gallery, Beijing, China
Forged Realities, UniversalStudios, Beijing, China
The Real Thing: Contemporary Art from China, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
Project We are the future, 2nd Moskow Biennial of Contemporary Art, Art Centre Winzavod, Moskow, Russia
Branded and on Display, Kannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign, USA
Branded and on Display, Ulrich Museum of Art, Kansas State University, Wichita, USA
A Continuous Dialogue, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy
What about sculpture? Chambers Fine Art, New York, USA
2006 Art in Motion – Chinese Contemporary Art meets BMW Art Cars, Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, Shanghai, China
This Is Not For You – Sculptural Discourses, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria
Detours. Tactical Approaches to Urbanization in China, Eric Arthur Gallery, Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
China now. Faszination einer Weltveränderung, Sammlung Essl, Kunst der Gegenwart, Klosterneuburg / Vienna, Austria
Mahjong -Chinesische Gegenwartskunst aus der Sammlung Sigg, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
MoCA Envisage / Entry Gate: Chinese Aesthetics of Heterogeneity, Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, Shanghai, China
The 5th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia
Zones of Contact, 15th Biennial of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Territorial. Ai Weiwei und Serge Spitzer, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Altered, Stitched and Gathered, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York, USA
China Power Station I, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
Herzog & de Meuron. No 250. Eine Ausstellung, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
Fill in the Blanks, China Art Archives & Warehouse, Beijing, China
Busan Biennial 2006, Busan Museum of Modern Art, Busan, Korea
Misleading Trails, Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, USA
Misleading Trails, Schick Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, USA
Misleading Trails, Boyden Gallery, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s City, USA
Cityscapes ‘Beijing Welcomes You’. Ein Stadtmodell von Lu Hao sowie Fotografien von Ai Weiwei, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
A Continuous Dialogue, Galleria Continua, Beijing, China
Inspired by China -Contemporary Furnituremakers Explore Chinese Traditions, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, USA
China Contemporary. Architecture, Art and Visual Culture, Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Black and Blue, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, USA
Antique Modernity – Breaking Traditions, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York, USA
2006 Beaufort Outside, Museum of Modern Art, Oostende, Belgium
China zwischen Vergangenheit und Zukunft / Between Past and Future -New Photography and Video from China, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, USA
Regeneration. Contemporary Chinese Art from China and the US, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, USA
2005 The 2nd Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
Misleading Trails, Fine Arts Gallery, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA
Misleading Trails, Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, USA
Misleading Trails, University of North Texas Art Gallery, Denton, USA
Misleading Trails, Altgeld Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, USA
Regeneration. Contemporary Chinese Art from China and the US, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, USA
Regeneration. Contemporary Chinese Art from China and the US, University Art Gallery, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, USA
Regeneration. Contemporary Chinese Art from China and the US, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis Otis College of Art & Design, Los Angeles, USA
Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
Xianfeng! Beeldhouwkunst von de Chinese avant-garde / Chinese Avant-Garde Sculpture, Museum Beelden aan Zee, Scheveningen, The Netherlands
Convergence at E116′/N40, Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, Beijing, China
A Strange Heaven – Contemporary Chinese Photography, Tennis Palace Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
Mahjong – Chinesische Gegenwartskunst aus der Sammlung Sigg, Kunstmuseum Bern, Berne, Switzerland
1st Monpellier Biennial of Chinese Contemporary Art, Montpellier, France
Cina. Prospettive d’Arte Contemporanea / China: As Seen by Contemporary Chinese Artists, Provincia di Milano, Spazio Oberdan, Milan, Italy
Herzog & de Meuron. An Exhibition, Tate Modern, London, UK
No 250. An Exhibition. Beauty and Waste in the Architecture of Herzog & de Meuron, Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam, The Netherlands