Artist Profile – Ai WeiWei

The Indianapolis Museum of Art recently had the privilege  of exhibiting the artwork of contemporary artist, Ai WeiWei. Most may know Ai WeiWei by his incredible work in designing the Beijing National Stadim, better known as the”Bird’s Nest”, for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Check out more of his work after the jump.


Ai WeiWei is also known for being a political activist, and has been highly and openly critical of the Chinese Government’s stance on democracy and human rights. I am in no way the world’s foremost expert on Ai WeiWei’s life and artwork, so I urge you to look him up and see what he’s about yourself.

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I’ve always respected people like Ai WeiWei because he is the kind of person who stands up for what he believes in, regardless of what the “popular opinion” is.  Whatever your background or beliefs, this artwork is an empowering message to create opinion and ideas, despite majority belief. Anyway, here are a few photos of the exhibition:

001 Each of the porcelain crabs were hand painted and placed by Ai WeiWei, himself.


The camera above is made from marble.


List of those lost in the Sichuan earthquake.


Rebar recovered and straightened from the Sichuan earthquake.

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Above are Han Dynasty vases dipped in industrial paints. His artwork, almost seems to challenge our views of what we consider valuable.


I don’t feel like I even scratched the surface on meaning of Ai WeiWei’s work. If this artwork interests you, Wikipedia seems to be the go-to place for information, but there is more information out there, outside of Wikipedia.


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