Ai Weiwei

(Chinese, b. 1957)

ai weiwei: new york photographs 1983 – 1993 by ai weiwei

Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs 1983 – 1993, 1983–1993

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Ai Weiwei

Bowl of Pearls, 2006

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Ai Weiwei

Cosmetics, 2014

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Ai Weiwei

Dress with Flowers, 2006

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Ai Weiwei

Han Dynasty Vases in Auto Paint, 2014

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Biography

Timeline

1957
Born in Beijing, China
1958 - 1978
Resided in Xinjiang, China
1978
Enrolled in Beijing Film Academy
1981 - 1993
Lived in the United States, mostly in New York City
1982
Enrolled in Parsons School of Design
1993
Returned to China
1994
Founded the China Art Archives and Warehouse, Art Director. Beijing, China
Chinese Contemporary Art Award
2008
Collaborated on design for Bird’s Nest, Beijing National Stadium for 2008 Summer Olympics
2010
The Prism of Reason, Kassel Citizen Award, Kassel, Germany

Exhibitions

2012 - 2013
Ai Weiwei, Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark (solo)
Fragments, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, DC (solo)
Ai Weiwei: According to What?, Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC (solo)
2012
Ai Weiwei: Perspectives, Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (solo)
Ai Weiwei, Museum de Pont, Tilburg, The Netherlands (solo)
Serpentine Pavilion 2012, with Herzog de Meuron, London, England
Art + Press, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
Public: Collective Identity: Occupied Space, Contact Festival, Toronto, Canada
Sunflower Seeds, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
2011
Contemporary Clay: Group Exhibition, RH Gallery, New York, USA
Camulodunum, Inaugural exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, England
I promise to love you, Caldic Collection, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads, Pulitzer Fountain, Grand Army Plaza at Central Park, New York, USA (solo)
Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads, Somerset House, London, England (solo)
Ai Weiwei - Interlacing, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland (solo)
Shanshui - Poetry Without Sound? Landscape in Chinese Contemporary Art (with Ai Weiwei, Qiu Shihua et al., curated by Ai Weiwei, Peter Fischer & Uli Sigg), Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland
The last freedom – From the pioneers of Land-Art of the 1960s to nature in cyberspace, Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany
Ai Weiwei - Sunflower Seeds, Kunsthalle Marcel Duchamp, Cully, Switzerland (solo)
2010
Ai Weiwei, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Ai Weiwei. Barely something, Museum DKM, Galerie DKM, Duisburg, Germany
The Unilever Series: Ai Weiwei - Tate Modern, London, England (solo)
A Few Works From Ai Weiwei, ALEXANDER OCHS GALLERIES BERLIN | BEIJING, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Acconci Studio + Ai Weiwei, Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong, China
AI Weiwei: Dropping the Urn, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, USA (solo)
Radical conceptual. Positionen aus der Sammlung des MMK, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
AAA Talk: Vito Acconci + Ai Weiwei: Artist in Conversation, Agnès b. Cinema, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Beg Borrow and Steal, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, USA
2009
Is there going to be a title?, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (solo)
Ai Weiwei: According to What?, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs 1983-1993, Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing, China (solo)
Art Summer Hellerau, Festspielhaus Hellerau/Dresden, Germany
The China Project. Queensland Art Gallery, Australia
So Sorry, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (solo)
Photography Art Center, Beijing, China (solo)
Ai Weiwei. Friedman Benda, New York, USA (solo)
Ai Weiwei: Four Movements, Phillips de Pury & Company, London, England (solo)
The Big World. Recent Art from China, Hall and Yates Gallery, Chicago, USA
Garbage, group exhibition with Anatoly Shuravlev and Ai Weiwei, AFTERGALLERY, projectroom, Moscow, Russia
2008
OUT THERE: Architecture Beyond Building, Biennale Architecture, 11th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice, Italy
Half-Life of a Dream, Contemporary Chinese Art from the Logan Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA
Super Fengshui: UCCA Site Commissions, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
Beijing Map Games. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham, England
abc art berlin contemporary, Postbahnhof, Berlin, Germany
Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, USA
Map Games: Dynamics of Change, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA
Reconstruction # 3. The Artists Playground, Sudeley Castle, Gloucestershire, England
The City exp(l)osed, Institut Francais d'Architecture & du Patrimoine, Paris, France
Under Construction, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Cambelltown Arts Center, Sydney, Australia (solo)
Mary Boone Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Go China! Ai Weiwei, Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands (solo)
Delirious Beijing, PKM Gallery, Beijing, China
Community of Tastes - The Inaugural Exhibition Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Iberia Center for 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
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
Branded and on Display, Ulrich Museum of Art, Kansas State University, Wichita, 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, Brazil
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, England
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
A Continuous Dialogue, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy
Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing-Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland (solo)
Traveling Landscapes, AedesLand, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2006
Fragments, Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing, China (solo)
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
Regeneration. Contemporary Chinese Art from China and the US, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, USA
China Power Station I, Serpentine Gallery, London, England
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
Herzog & de Meuron. No 250. Eine Ausstellung, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
Busan Biennial 2006, Busan Museum of Modern Art, Busan, Korea
Misleading Trails, Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg; Schick Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs; 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 Expolre 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
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
2005
The 2nd Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
Misleading Trails, Fine Arts Gallery, Vanderbilt University, Nashville; Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem; University of North Texas Art Gallery, Denton; Altgeld Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, USA
Regeneration. Contemporary Chinese Art from China and the US, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, USA
Convergence at E116'/N40', Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, Beijing, China
Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
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
Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China", Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA
Herzog & de Meuron. An Exhibition, Tate Modern, London, England
Regeneration. Contemporary Chinese Art from China and the US, University Art Gallery, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, USA
No 250. An Exhibition. Beauty and Waste in the Architecture of Herzog & de Meuron, Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2004
Silknet – Emerging Chinese Artists, Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing-Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland
Persona3, China Art Archives & Warehouse, Beijing, China
Le Printemps de Chine, CRAC ALSAC, Altkirch, France
Regeneration, Contemporary Chinese Art from China and the US, David Winton Bell Gallery, List Art Center Brown University, Providence, USA
Regeneration. Contemporary Chinese Art from China and the US, John Paul Slusser Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
On the Edge – Contemporary Chinese Photography & Video, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York, USA
Robert Miller Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland (solo)
Caermerklooster - Provinciaal Centrum voor Kunst en Cultur, Gent, Belgium (solo)
Chinese Object: Dreams & Obsessions, Salvatore Ferragamo Gallery, New York, USA
Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China, Museum of Contemporary Art Printemps Chicago and The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, Chicago; ICP International Center of Photography, New York, USA
Modern Style in East Asia, Beijing Tokyo Art Projects, Beijing, China
Herzog & de Meuron. No 250. Eine Ausstellung, Schaulager, Basel, Switzerland

Public Collections

Musée national d'art moderne, Paris, France
Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Berlin, Germany
Museum DKM, Duisburg, Germany
Museum of Contemporary Art, Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Tate Modern, London, England
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

Literature

2007
China Art Book. Uta Grosenick / Caspar Schübbe (Ed.), 680 pages, approx. 850 images, trilingual: Engl./Ger./Chin., Dumont Buchverlag, Cologne 2007. www.chinaartbook.de
Jocks, H-N. (2007). Ai Weiwei. Das Märchen von 1001 Chinesen. Kunstforum International, August-September, Bd. 187, pp. 428-443.
Tinari, P. (2007). A Kind of True Living. Artforum International, Summer 2007. pp. 453-459
Hopfener, B. (2007). Kunst aus China auf der Art Basel. Steigende Nachfrage. Available: http://www.artnet.de/magazine/news/hopfener/hopfener06-14-07.asp. Last accessed 21 June 2007
Frilanz, J. (2007). I Don’t Love Art. www.artnet.de, 08.06.07
Neidhart, C. (2007). Der Chinesentransporter. Weltwoche, 22.07. pp. 74-76
Tobler, K. (2007). Manche hatten nicht mal einen Namen. SonntagsZeitung, 27.Mai 2007, p. 54
Merewether, C. (2007). Ai Weiwei. The Freedom of Irreverence. Art Asia Pacific, 53. pp. 108-111.
Smith, K. (2007). Ai Weiwei. In: Tate Liverpool, The Real Thing. Contemporary Art from China. Liverpool: Tate Liverpool. pp. 30-42.
Mingels, G. (2007). Ein Nest für das neue China. Das Magazin, 15. pp 24-37.