Ai Weiwei (Chinese, b. Beijing, 1957) is one of China’s most prolific and provocative contemporary artists. He is best known for projects such as his collaboration with architects Herzog & de Meuron on the design of the 2008 Beijing Olympic National Stadium, as well as his embrace of the internet and social media as an active platform for commentary and as an art form in itself.
This is the last day of the Exhibit. We'll spend perhaps 90 minutes looking at the exhibit and the rest of this great Museum and then head across the Mall to get lunch, probably either at the National Gallery or Teaism.
Ai has been a leading figure among Chinese artists since he returned to China in 1993 after spending more than a decade in the United States. He has also become internationally recognized as a result of his actions that challenge the political status quo in China. Despite his arrest and detention for eighty-one days in 2011, the artist has continued to create art that transcends dualities between East and West, focusing on fundamental questions about the interrelations between art, culture, society, and individual experience.
The Hirshhorn is located at 7th St and Independence with a few Metro stops within walking distance. Street parking is free on Sundays.