Ai Weiwei was born in Beijing in 1957. He studied at Beijing Film Academy, Beijing and at Parsons School of Design, New York. Ai Weiwei has exhibited extensively at museums and institutions such as HAM, the Helsinki Art Museum, Helsinki (2016); Royal Academy of Arts, London (2015); Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2014); Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis (2013); Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. (2012); Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan (2011); Tate Modern, London (2010) and at Haus der Kunst, München (2009). Ai Weiwei has been awarded several grants, among them the Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent, Human Rights Foundation, New York (2012).
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