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).
Ai Weiwei visited the museum and has given us a message.
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.|
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)
* Question and answer session and breaks are scheduled.
* Speakers may change without prior notice.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Contributing editor of Artforum, assistant professor of criticism and theory at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, and China advisor to Art Basel.