Ai Weiwei’s Profile

Ai Weiwei was born in Beijing in 1957 as the son of Ai Qing, one of modern China’s most renowned poets. He entered the Beijing Film Academy in 1978. In 1979 and in 1981 he took part in exhibitions held by the avant-garde group "Xingxing (The Stars)." Soon afterwards Ai moved to the U.S.A., returning to China in 1993. Since his return Ai has worked in publishing and also been active in his support of young Chinese artists through his China Art Archive & Warehouse (CAAW). In 2000 he was one of the curators of the influential exhibition "Fuck Off." Since designing his own residence and studio in 1999, Ai has been involved in over 70 architectural and urban planning projects. His recent exhibitions include the Venice Biennale 2008, 2008 Liverpool Biennial, Documenta 12 (Kassel, 2007), and "Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection" (touring since 2006).


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Find out more about Ai Weiwei in a marathon talk with exciting guests!
Session: 8-hour Sunday Talk Marathon – Ai Weiwei x Art x Architecture

Ai Weiwei's activities encompass the creative fields of art, architecture, editorial and design. For this special eight-hour talk marathon, a select group of art and architecture specialists – each with a fascinating creative relationship or something else in common with Ai – will sit down with him to discuss his work from various perspectives, including materials, techniques, space, history, culture and context.

Date: 12:00-20:00 Sunday, 26 July 2009 (Re-entry permitted)
Venue: Tower Hall, Academyhills 49, Mori Tower 49F
Organizers: Mori Art Museum, Academyhills
* See the Public Program page for ticketing information.

[Session Schedule]

12:00 Start Moderator: Kataoka Mami (Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum)
12:05 Talk1: Uli Sigg (collector)
13:00 Talk2: Kuma Kengo (architect)
14:45 Talk3: Philip Tinari (writer, curator)
15:45 Talk4: Charles Merewether (art historian, writer, curator)
17:30 Talk5: Ban Shigeru (architect)
18:30 Talk6: Sugimoto Hiroshi (artist)
20:00 Closed
* Question and answer session and breaks are scheduled.
* Speakers may change without prior notice.

[Speakers Profile]

Ban Shigeru
He has received Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture and National Order of the Legion of Honor in France. Centre Pompidou – Metz, currently under construction in Metz, France is expected to be completed in September 2009.
Kuma Kengo
Professor, Tokyo University (2009). He has received the Architectural Institute of Japan Award, American Institute of Architects Benedictus Award and Sprit of Nature International Wood Architecture Award. Recent work includes the Suntory Museum of Art.
Charles Merewether
He was recently Visiting Professor at China University, Hong Kong, the Deputy Director of the Cultural District in Abu Dhabi (2007-2008) and 2006 Artistic Director of Biennale of Sydney. He is author of many books on Ai Weiwei.
Uli Sigg
Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China (1955-1999). He has formed the most substantial collection of contemporary Chinese art in the world. He has also established the Chinese Contemporary Art Award (CCAA) (1997)and the CCAA Art Critic Award (2007).
Sugimoto Hiroshi
His internationally acclaimed works such as the “Theatre” and “Seascape” series are collected all over the world. He received the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography in 2001.
Philip Tinari
Contributing editor of Artforum, assistant professor of criticism and theory at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, and China advisor to Art Basel.