Art at Faurschou by Ai Weiwei

The love for the arts is clear for eveyone to see at Faurschou gallery in their exhibition of works by Ai Weiwei. I would not hesitate to recommend anyone to go and have a look for them selves.

9 things you might not know about Ai Weiwei

1: Ai Weiwei is the son of the Chinese poet Ai Qing. In 1958 when Ai Weiwei was 1 year old, the family was sent to work camp. From there they were sent exile in Xinjiang Province, where they were for 16 years until Mao’s death in 1976.

2: In the 80’s, Ai Weiwei lived in New York.

3: Ai Weiwei returned to China in 1993. His critical comments about the Chinese government have caused him several problems. In 2011, he was detained for three months without trial.

4: One of Ai Weiwei’s most famous works is called ‘Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn’ (1995) – he smashes an antique Chinese vase. In 2014, an unknown artist in Miami created a lot of attention by smashing an Ai Weiwei work. The question sounded: When is it acceptable to smash something of cultural value?

5: In 2010, Ai Weiwei created the work ‘Sunflower Seeds’ for the Tate Museum in London. The work consisted of 100,000,000 hand-painted sunflower seeds made of porcelain. It took 1600 workers at a porcelain factory for 2½ years to paint the cores.

6: In 2011, Ai Weiwei was appointed the world’s most influential artist.

7: Same Year – 2011 – You could see a series of works and films in a big Ai Weiwei Exhibition at the Louisiana Art Museum.

8: Ai Weiwei has among other things made his own version of Gangnam Style, recorded heavy metal albums and is a very capable blackjack player.

9: At Sina Weibo – the Chinese response to Twitter – the keyword Ai Weiwei is forbidden.