Motion visuals via TATE.org
In the 1970’s and 1980’s Ai Weiwei was a protagonist in a dynamic avant-garde movement in China where a lot of activity saw its light on the Chinese art scene. Ai Weiwei’s career has steadily been gaining momentum in the past decades, not least due to his controversial exhibition “Fuck Off” in connection to the Shanghai Bienniale in 2000, his participation at Documenta 2007, his design of “Bird’s Nest”, the Olympic Stadium in Beijing, built in collaboration with Herzog & de Meuron, and his Sunflower Seeds for Unilever Series 2010 at Tate Modern. In 2010 Art Review listed Ai Weiwei as no. 1 on their Top 100 of most powerful people in the art world. There is no doubt that his 81 days of detention by the Chinese authorities in the spring of 2011 has put him in an even more important position – both inside and outside the art world – and inside and outside of China. Ai Weiwei is today one of the leading Chinese artists.