#601. Exhibition Introduction
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome. This exhibition presents the works of artist Ai Weiwei,
based on the theme “Defend the Future.” First, let me briefly introduce Ai Weiwei.
Ai Weiwei was born in Beijing, China, in 1957, to poets Ai Qing and Gao Ying.
His family was forced to move due to the Cultural Revolution, and he grew up in the Xinjiang region of northwest China. Upon his father’s reinstatement, Ai Weiwei returned to Beijing in 1975, and there he attended the Beijing Film Academy. Then, in 1981, he went to the United States. He has worked in diverse areas as an artist, curator, publisher, and architect, and he also participated in designing Bird’s Nest, the main stadium for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
This exhibition will feature works of the artist made in diverse media, from photographic works of his Beijing period to a recent film produced in 2021.
Ai Weiwei’s works, which he has created across the globe and traverse thousands of years of history, will allow you to experience his long, artistic journey.
Now, let us embark on our journey into Ai Weiwei’s world of art.