Independent Lens: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
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Independent Lens: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Monday, February 25 at 11:00 p.m.

Ai Weiwei is arguably the most internationally celebrated Chinese artist of the modern era.

Weiwei burst onto the scene with vast conceptual installations — such as his eight million hand-painted ceramic sunflower seeds inside the Tate Modern — and designed the iconic Bird’s Nest stadium for the Beijing Olympics.

Learn about this visionary who, at heart, is a troublemaker with a serious agenda: to challenge the government’s oppression of the Chinese people through rebellious and irreverent gestures. His activism has cost him his freedom repeatedly, but he never seems to lose his childlike approach to serious dissidence, executed with a wink.

Pictured: Ai Weiwei works on his computer in his Beijing home studio, as one of his dozens of cats looks on.