Die Ausstellung des chinesischen Künstlers Ai Weiwei im Berliner Martin-Gropius Bau hat bislang 55 Besucher angelockt. Vor Unternehmern des VBKI spricht Ai Weiwei über Kunst und Politik. Und er erklärt, warum ihn Berlin enttäuscht hat. Der chinesische Künstler Ai Weiwei klagt mit seiner Kunst immer wieder Missstände an. Bei der Eröffnung seiner Filmretrospektive "Censored".
Ai Weiwei: "Evidence"Ai Weiwei lebte von bis vor wenigen Monaten in Berlin, wo er noch immer ein Atelier hat. Inzwischen ist er in die englische Universitätsstadt. Ausstellung "Evidence" von Ai Weiwei im Martin-Gropius-Bau: Öffnungszeiten, Eintrittspreise, Verkehrsanbindung. Seit der chinesische Dissident und Künstler Ai Weiwei nach Deutschland ausreiste, hat er ein gravierendes Problem: Das Interesse an ihm und seinen.
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Authorities from Lesbos said they had provided Ai with the now-unwanted jackets. Ai has repeatedly visited Lesbos in the last year, where he spent a lot of time documenting the perilous journey migrants undertake through his Instagram account.
I have no choice. In January, he posed as the dead infant washed up on the shore in Greece, Alan Kurdi , in an attempt to recreate the now legendary photo that sent shockwaves all across the world.
This time Ai Weiwei has collected over 14, life jackets and has tied them together, draping them up and down the columns of the Berlin Konzerthaus.
The jackets are coming from Lesbos or Lesvos , a Greek island that acts as a middle point for those Syrian refugees fleeing from their homeland on their way to Europe.
He always talked about justice, beauty and integrity. He believed in a perfect world. I believe life is a struggle for it. Ai enrolled in the Beijing Film Academy and studied animation — one of many courses he failed to complete.
He then became one of the first of his generation allowed to study in the US. He was told by his tutor that his drawings lacked heart.
He never drew again. Ai shows me a drawing of a forest he did as a student, which his father used to illustrate a book of poems.
It is exceptionally beautiful. He did all sort of jobs to support himself: collecting rubbish, factory work, carpentry, babysitting and barbering.
He befriended beat poet Allen Ginsberg , went to the same parties as Andy Warhol, whose work he adored, discovered Marcel Duchamp and dadaism, and began transforming readymade objects into art including Hanging Man, a homage to Duchamp made from a wire coat hanger.
Ai returned to Beijing in His art delivers social critique as visual puns. With the sunflower seeds he suggests we are all different despite appearances; with the vase he destroys history just as Mao did; and with the bikes he comments on cultural uniformity.
And some work, if it is work at all, is just plain bonkers, such as the joyous video of Ai and his friends dancing Gangnam Style.
War and its fallout is also the subject of his latest work, History of Bombs. It is very hard to predict the future, but it seems like the situation is not going to be easily resolved and will have a strong impact.
All the factors that allowed for this incident still remain the same — this could happen again — and a more thoughtful response in terms of social structure and the philosophical understanding of this situation is required.
He took the year lease on his Berlin studio in when he was starting to worry about his safety — his freedom — in China. He was right to be concerned: in April , he was arrested and jailed for 81 days on insubstantial charges.
His passport was confiscated and only returned to him in , at which point he came to Germany. Before Ai was an artist, he was an architect, and it shows.
The studio now has natural light from goodness knows where, and is clinically clean and dry. For the most part, anyway.
A while back, he discovered water dripping from the ceiling, so he went to see his upstairs neighbour, the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, about it.
At the end of last year, he moved with his partner and year-old son to Cambridge. In January, he gave an interview to the Guardian in which he was so excoriating about life in Germany that you might imagine that he would never set foot in the country again.
What has been the reaction to these comments in Germany? He has to keep his studio in Berlin for now, but would like to relocate. You should understand both ends.
One of the differences Ai sees between the UK and Germany is the engagement with his work and his opinions.
He says that he has done more interviews in one week with the British media than in five years with German outlets. On the evidence of this feature, a You Ask the Questions special, there is certainly an intense fascination with Ai in Britain there are also at least a couple of questions from Germany, and submissions from all over the world.
You have moved to the UK just as we leave the European Union. For many people in China, the sculptor and installation artist acts as their social conscience.
He campaigns for freedom of speech in his home country and publically condemns political oppression. For that reason, the critic is banned from leaving China.
For the past three years, authorities have refused to issue him a passport. With 34 scultpures and installations, Ai Weiwei reflects on the social reality in his country, like with this work, "Wooden Stools.
These wooden stools, which originated during the Ming and Qing dynasties, were collected by Ai Weiwei's assistants in northern China over a number of years.
At one time, they could be found in every household and were passed down from generation to generation. Since the Cultural Revolution in the s, stools have been mass-produced using plastic.
In , Ai Weiwei was incarcerated in a prison near Beijing and guarded around the clock for 81 days - without an arrest warrant.
The lights were kept on in his cell day and night. He was accused of tax evasion and his passport was revoked. Und das waren alles Linke.
Die Rechten sind einfach nur dumm, viel gefährlicher sind die Linken. Aber in der Berliner Kunstszene gibt es viele Ausländer. Sie beschäftigen sich nur mit den Wichtigen.
Mit mir zum Beispiel. Wenn man ein kleiner Künstler ist, der hier nur ein billiges Studio sucht oder als DJ in einem Club arbeiten will, ist man willkommen, weil man das Leben in Berlin schmückt.
Abgesehen davon ist Berlin so eine traurige, schreckliche Stadt. Es ist die langweiligste, hässlichste Stadt, die es gibt.
Aber das ist okay. Es ist billig. Es gibt viel Raum. Nur wenn man etwas verändern will, gehen sie in Verteidigungshaltung.
Ich habe drei Jahre lang an der Universität der Künste unterrichtet. Wissen Sie, warum ich da weggegangen bin? Es ist unmöglich, deutsche Studenten zu unterrichten.
Sie sind faul, sie machen ihre Hausaufgaben nicht. Und das System ist höchst korrupt. Ich sollte diese Studenten ihren Abschluss mit Auszeichnung machen lassen.
Ich fragte, wie das sein könne. Sie sagten, sie würden das immer so machen. Alle Professoren haben ihre Hand dafür gehoben.
Das ist intellektuell unerträglich, deshalb bin ich da weg. Ich könnte ein ganzes Buch über Deutschland schreiben. Ich bin zu beschäftigt.