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River crabs gone wild: Ai Weiwei’s He Xie- a sea of porcelain crabs in Blenheim Palace

Ai Weiwei at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, UK from 1 October to 14 December 2014

published on September, 26th 2014

by Jonathan Jones

The Guardian

@Large: Aiweiwei’s new art show in Alcatraz

opening on September 27th his new art show in the former prison is featuring Lego models of 175 prisoners of conscience from Edward Snowden to Nelson Mandela and a giant rainbow dragon

published September 24th, 2014

by Jason Farago

in The Guardian

Meow, meow - Ai Weiwei and his feline friends

by Laura C. Mallonee 

published on Sept. 5th, 2014


Ai Weiwei on his new art installation: @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz

including a video interview with Ai Weiwei

posted on Art in  the Parks

Ai Weiwei’s essay on self-censorship

Ai Weiwei- Legs up!

Ai Weiwei gives an interview to BBC hardtalk

"If you let the people have the voting ticket, I’ll shut up."

Ai Weiwei erased from art show in Shanghai

Ai Weiwei says the film ‘The Sandstorm’ misused his copyright

published on World Intellectual Property Review 

April 29th, 2014

Ai Weiwei as an actor

In a secretly shot short sci-fi  directed by Jason Wishnow Ai Weiwei makes his acting debut playing a water smuggler.

posted  April, 8th 2014 on China Digital Times

by Samuel Wade

Is Ai Weiwei the most important artist alive?

Ai Weiwei supporters pressure Berlin for passport’s return

"German supporters of Ai Weiwei, one of China’s most famous political dissidents, urged Berlin on Wednesday to demand the return of the artist’s passport before an exhibition of politically-charged works in Germany’s capital.”

About the inseparability of Ai Weiwei’s virtual and real life

An interview with the artist and activist.

The original appeared in the german print issue of the magazine ‘Der Spiegel’ on January 13th, 2014.

A New Year’s interview with Ai Weiwei

Following the article last week in the Sinosphere section of the New York Times Ai Weiwei lets us know how he feels about a country he loves but can not leave.

by  Didi Kirsten Tatlow

31th of Dec, 2013

New York Times

Ai Weiwei and his protest with flowers

Since three years now the Chinese authorities hold back Ai Weiwei’s passport and keep him from travelling.

His protest comes in form of an installed bycicle outside his compound presenting a daily bouquet of fresh flowers until he his given back his freedom to travel.

published in The New York Times

by Didi Kirsten Tatlow 

on Dec 27th, 2013