CHINESE ARTISTS ARTIST STUDIO DEMOLITION CHINESE GOVERNMENT
Ai Weiwei’s Shanghai studio has been demolished in a move by the government that took the artist by surprise: Chinese officials had said they wouldn’t act on a demolition warrant issued in June 2010 until after February 3 this year. Read on for our links to the top stories and photos.
Design of the $1 million Shanghai studio began in summer 2008 and construction ended in July this year. The bulldozers rolled in on Tuesday. The artist had planned to use the space for art education purposes and to house an international artist-in-residence programme.
Mr. Ai said that the officials might have moved ahead with their plans so that the destruction would take place without a spotlight. Neighbors of the studio called Mr. Ai’s assistant on Tuesday morning when they heard heavy machinery next door. Mr. Ai said he rushed onto an airplane in Beijing, where he lives, and arrived in time to see four machines and dozens of workers toiling away on the site. About 80 percent of the structures had been destroyed by the afternoon, he said.
Read more news on the demolition of Ai Weiwei’s Shanghai studio:
- 11 January, 2011 | Whitewashing the Art World: What’s Behind the Climate Of Censorship | The New York Observer
- 12 January, 2011 | Ai Weiwei’s Shanghai art studio is torn down without interference | Global Times
- 12 January, 2011 | China artist Ai Weiwei’s Shanghai studio demolished | BBC News
- 12 January, 2011 | Ai Weiwei and the art of demolition | The New Yorker
- 17 January, 2011 | An Alternative Take on the Demolition of Ai Weiwei’s Shanghai Studio | UnBeige
- 18 January, 2011 | Easy Come, Easy Go | The Hypermodern
- 18 January, 2011 | Ai Weiwei and Human Rights in China | ARTINFO
- 19 January, 2011 | The curious case of Ai Weiwei’s Shanghai studio | CreativeHunt
- NEW! 25 January, 2011 | The Art of Social Advocacy | The Wall Street Journal
For images of Ai Weiwei’s Shanghai studio demolition visit:
- 11 January, 2011 | In Pictures: Ai Weiwei’s Shanghai studio demolished | Shanghaiist.com
- Duyanpili’s photostream on Flickr documents the demolition
Watch below or on YouTube a 1:36 teaser from Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, a documentary to be released in 2011 on the history of the artist’s Shanghai studio. We see images of the studio during construction and Ai talks about how he became an architect.
Late last year, Ai Weiwei “celebrated” the impending demolition of his Shanghai studio by putting on a banquet in the building, inviting guests to feast on 10,000 river crabs provided by him.
We recently reported on London gallery Lisson’s new representation of the artist and his potentially politically-charged 2011 Taiwan exhibition.
- Ai Weiwei now represented by Lisson Gallery, show in Taipei announced – January 2011 – more changes and announcements concerning Ai Weiwei
- Internet best gift to China says artist and social activist Ai Weiwei – November 2010 – “This kind of technology will end this kind of dictatorship.” (MutualArt.com)
- Ai Weiwei’s studio party cancelled? Art Radar was there – November 2010 – original images and video from this controversial art event
- Ai Weiwei fills the Tate Modern with 100 million ceramic sunflower seeds – October 2010 – read our original report by guest contributor Pippa Dennis
- Picasso of China or voice of dissent: Who is Ai Weiwei? Profile – September 2009 – our explanation of this social activist and political artist