Herzog & de Meuron x Ai Weiwei: 2012 Serpentine Pavilion

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Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron and Beijing-based Ai Weiwei teamed up for this amazing pavilion structure on the lawn a plane of the Serpentine Gallery in London, England. With a layer of water atop the structure, DesignBoom notes that the artists are “inviting visitors to pass beneath it and observe the recently exposed components of the past structures. eleven columns representing each of the previous editions elevate the roof plane 1.4 meters from the excavated ground while an additional support stands for the current construct.”

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Ai Weiwei, detained by Chinese authorities on April 3, freed on bail today

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Ai Weiwei, who has become an international symbol on the inability for a Chinese artist to conduct free speech and expression, was released from jail on bail today in Beijing. He had been arrested prior to a trip to NYC on the grounds of suspicious economic activity, and became a centerpiece of international outcry for China to to release the artist on unjust causes.

The artist has returned to his family, and is asking for patience before he speaks to the press.

A shaken art scene in Beijing

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This is a good read on the some of the changes happening in China right now.   Art critic and painter Chen Danqing who has co-authored a book with Ai Weiwei takes a more passive approach to life.  He gives a good perspective on contemporary China and how censored  they really are.

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Ai Weiwei in conversation

This is a cool piece on the controversial and acclaimed Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei, done by the Tate Modern when Weiwei exhibited there last year in his sunflower seed installation. After Weiwei was detained by Chinese authorities earlier this month for being, well, free-thinking and influential, this video has taken on even more meaning.

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Ai Weiwei’s “Sunflower Seeds” @ Tate Modern is badass

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This may be our favorite piece of art/installation we have seen all year. If you have been to the Tate Modern in London, then you know how massive the atrium/grand hall that opens the museum is, the Turbine Hall. Well, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has covered the floor of the Turbine Hall with sunflower seeds. Not just sunflower seeds, but porcelain recreations of sunflower seeds produced by craftsman from Jingdezhen, China. Wow. As we have been reading around, this obviously is a play on “Made in China” and the Chinese legacy of porcelain. Crazy.

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