Photos from “Forever Bicycles,” the new exhibit by Ai Weiwei in Taiwan.
I found this and sent the images to (one of) Block Club’s bike-riding designers, Tim, and he ended up doing some quick reading, letting me know that this guy is bad-to-the-bone.
One of China’s leading contemporary artists, Ai Weiwei was arrested and detained in a Beijing jail earlier this year on tax evasion charges, but many believe the arrest to have had ties to the “jasmine revolution” movement against China’s ruling Communist Party. For 81 days, Ai Weiwei was in solitary confinement with two officers constantly watching his every movement.
“For exercise, Ai paced in the small room, only six floor tiles long, but he estimates he walked the equivalent of 600 miles and lost about 30 pounds.”
He has a history of openly criticizing the Chinese government on their stance on human rights and democracy and has investigated government corruption and cover-ups. This year, ArtReview magazine named him the most powerful artist in the world in 2011.
Ai also collaborated with the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron as the artistic consultant for the Beijing National Stadium for the 2008 Olympics.
I definitely plan on reading more about him, and I recommend y’all do too. In the meantime, check out some more of his works here.
- Patrick Simons & Tim Staszak