Controversial Artist, Ai Wei Wei of China, finds art studio demolished overnight
January 14, 2011 § Leave a comment
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‘Mr Ai said the demolition crews arrived without warning on Tuesday and flattened the building within a day.
He originally had permission to build the studio, but later officials ordered it to be destroyed, saying he had failed to follow planning procedures.
Mr Ai has been increasingly vocal in his criticism of China’s leaders.
The 53-year-old, one of China’s most famous and controversial artists, said the demolition started in the night and he flew from Beijing to Shanghai as soon as he heard.
…Born in 1957 in Beijing, Ai Weiwei has played a key role in contemporary Chinese art over the last two decades.
The artist, who helped create the Olympic “Bird’s Nest” stadium in his home city, has been highly vocal about human rights issues in his country.’
Excerpts taken from, “China artist Ai Weiwei’s Shanghai studio demolished” article on the BBC News website.