Ai Weiwei: According to What?

July 25 - November 8, 2009

Mori Art Museum, Tokyo Japan

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Ai Weiwei [Chinese, b. 1957]
Moon Chest #2, 2008
Huanghuali wood
124 x 63 x 31.5 inches
315 x 160 x 80 cm

Visit: Mori Art Museum

Ai Weiwei: According to What?


Ai Weiwei is active in creative fields from art and architecture to design and publishing. He is one of the most important Chinese artists of his generation, with his Fairytale project at "Documenta 12" in 2007 and his collaboration with Herzog and de Meuron on the main stadium for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, propelling him to international stardom over the last few years. After spending the Cultural Revolution in the Xinjiang-Uygur Autonomous Region, Ai lived in the United States for 12 years until he returns to China in 1993. Since then, he has observed China's development and transformation from his base in the Caochangdi district of Beijing, which has become the city's newest art zone. With a focus on his art and architectural projects, this exhibition presents over 20 years of his unfailingly original activities, allowing their concepts, forms and their incorporation and adaptation of history and tradition to become clear.