Mr. Ai Weiwei’s commitment to the rule of law and human rights is as well known as the art he has produced during his long career as one of China’s most well known artists and architects. In 2008 he led a “Citizens’ Investigation” project researching information about students who died in the Sichuan earthquake. 2010 and 2011 saw AWW placed under house arrest on two occasions, and ultimately banned from leaving Beijing for a year. In 2012, he displayed the power of the international online community and raised 9 million RMB over social media as bail for fabricated tax accusation from the Chinese government.

Professionally, Ai Weiwei's work has been on display in galleries across Western Europe, the Americas, Russia, East and Southeast Asia, in addition to sites in Beijing and Shenzen. Major architectural works include the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, designed in collaboration with Herzog & de Meuron, London, UK (2012), The Guest House (Tsai Residence), in collaboration with HHF, New York, USA (2009), and the Jinhua Architectural Art Park, Jinhua, Zhejiang, China (2004).

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