© Ai Weiwei, June 1994, Tiananmen square, Beijing / China Ai Weiwei went on a hunger strike after the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown (in Beijing, China). When he returned home from exile in New York, where he studied painting and photography, one of his first acts was to take a photo of his wife lifting her skirt and exposing her underwear on Tiananmen Square.
If you’re in Berlin at the moment, there’s an exhibition running at the Martin-Gropius-Bau: ‘Ai Weiwei in New York – Photographs 1983-1993’ (Oct. 15, 2011 - Mar. 18, 2012). #exhibition #blackandwhite #aiweiwei #newyork
Ai Weiwei's photography. This rebel girl is Weiwei's wife Lu Qing. The photo was taken in 1994 in front of the Tian'anmen Square. At that time nudity in art was not allowed in China. Chinese art in general was extremely restricted by the government. Lifting the skirt up to reveal the panties was a very dangerous behaviour at this 'sacred place of political power'. The act was more like a performance protest for freedom.
June 1994 by Ai Wei Wei Ai Wei Wei Exhibition @ Jeu de Pomme
Ai Wei Wei's brilliant bike sculpture "Forever Bicycles" at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum.
Ai Weiwei, and now I finally have a better idea of what all the fuss has been about. He IS good.
Ai Weiwei - Chandelier
Ai weiwei never sorry
Ai Weiwei. These are not sunflower seeds - they're porcelain replicas. 500.000 million of 'em.
艾未未 Ai Weiwei in Polizeiuniform Foto: 艾未未 Ai Weiwei via Twitter
Ai Weiwei, Dropping a Han dynasty urn, 1995, © Ai Weiwei.
Han Dynasty urn with Coca Cola logo by Ai Weiwei
Colonial House in Xiamen, China / thanks to SaM Stevenson