Ai Weiwei

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The best art and design shows to visit in 2023
Queer Renaissance sculptor Donatello, Marina Abramović, David Hockney and a long-delayed mega-museum in Manchester – your art-design to-do list for the year ahead

Adrian Searle, Jonathan Jones and Oliver Wainwright

27, Dec, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Ximei review – Ai Weiwei produces inspiring portrait of Chinese Aids activist
Liu Ximei, who was diagnosed with HIV at 10, is shown as a dauntless campaigner whose home provides a warm haven for patients still neglected in China

Phuong Le

04, Dec, 2022 @5:19 PM

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Ai Weiwei says mother, 90, warns him against China return
Artist and activist tells event in London he is not clear in own mind about whether struggles for freedom were ‘worth it’

Daniel Boffey Chief reporter

16, Sep, 2022 @11:10 AM

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Cosmic Stonehenge secrets, Ai Weiwei looks back, and gay sex 11,000 years ago – the week in art
The British Museum introduces Europe’s earliest ancestors, the activist artist sits his work next to Chinese antiquities and LGBT+ history month begins with the deep human past – all in your weekly dispatch

Jonathan Jones

11, Feb, 2022 @11:15 AM

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Ai Weiwei: The Liberty of Doubt review – so dull and sentimental it’s offensive
The iconoclast’s opposition to the Chinese state has been admirably brave. But this edgeless, confused and mawkish show suggests his art is less so

Jonathan Jones

11, Feb, 2022 @12:01 AM

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Ai Weiwei: ‘I am like a cat. Cats can play for a whole day’
As his new show opens in Cambridge, the artist reflects on his interest in fakes, why he’d love to go home, and the fate of the Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai

Kate Kellaway

06, Feb, 2022 @9:30 AM

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China’s disappeared: high-profile figures who have gone missing in the past decade
Peng Shuai is latest in long line of artists, officials and celebrities to have vanished in recent years

Oliver Holmes

19, Nov, 2021 @3:23 PM

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1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows by Ai Weiwei – an assault on the censors
The memoirs of the artist branded a troublemaker by the Chinese regime are also a powerful tribute to his father

Oliver Basciano

13, Nov, 2021 @7:30 AM

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The week in audio: Book of the Week; Start the Week; Promenade and more
Ai Weiwei on life and punishment in China; the true meaning of freedom; memories triggered by small moments; and podcasts for Succession addicts

Miranda Sawyer

06, Nov, 2021 @5:00 PM

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Ai Weiwei: ‘It is so positive to be poor as a child. You understand how vulnerable our humanity can be’
From living in a dugout in Little Siberia to his friendship with Allen Ginsberg in New York, artist and activist Ai Weiwei reveals what drives his restless creativity

David Shariatmadari

30, Oct, 2021 @9:30 AM

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1,000 Years of Joys and Sorrows by Ai Weiwei review – a life of dissent
The artist’s memoir reveals a rebellious spirit, inherited from his persecuted poet father, which sustained him through detention by Chinese authorities

Sean O’Hagan

24, Oct, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Ai Weiwei on the death of Diane Weyermann: ‘Like a bridge of hope washed away in the storm’
The artist and film-maker remembers the pioneering documentary producer behind films such as RBG, The Square and An Inconvenient Truth, who has died aged 66

Ai Weiwei

21, Oct, 2021 @3:00 PM

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