Ai Weiwei - 40th Anniversary Edition

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Ai Weiwei remains a cultural magnet - renowned for his political activism and social media activity almost as much as for his social interventions, contemporary approach to the readymade, and knowledge of Chinese traditional crafts, Ai’s fame extends throughout and beyond the art world.

Featuring extensive visual material to trace Ai’s development from his early New York days right through to his recent practice. This includes his international breakthrough in the early 2000s, his porcelain Sunflower Seeds at the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern, his response to the Sichuan earthquake of 2008, and his police detention in 2011. With behind-the-scenes studio pictures, production shots, and various statements derived from in-depth interviews with Ai, we gain access to the artist’s process, influences, and importance.



  • Contributors: Hans Werner Holzwarth.

  • Carbon neutral publisher from Cologne, Germany.

  • Size: Hardcover, 15.6 x 21.7 cm, 512 pages.

  • Language: English.