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Ai Weiwei and the Tate

Tate-logoThe Chinese Artist, Ai Weiwei, who worked on the collaborative design for the Beijing Olympics Bird’s Nest stadium will soon be working on the design for the Tate Modern Turbine Hall.

Weiwei has large footsteps to fill following in the likes of Rachel Whiteread, Anish Kapoor, and Olafur Eliasson working on a design for what is known as the most popular art attractions in Britain.

Of course, Weiwei has plenty of credits under his own name working alongside architects de Meuron and Herzog on the 2008 Olympic Games stadium, which is one of the most notable of modern designs.

Vicente Todoli, the director of Tate Modern, announced the appointment of Weiwei this week stating that the installations of Weiwei are some of the most engaged art works to be constructed today so the museum is excited to see how he will be able to work with the large public environment of the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall which should be completed in October.

Weiwei was born in 1957 in Beijing and returned to his home to work after spending time in America during the eighties.  Since then he has had a large influence in Chinese contemporary art with works that include a photo-triptych recording of how a ceramic vase from the Han dynasty was dropped onto the floor.

Other works include a Munich wall to commemorate the 2008 Sichuan earthquake composed of children’s backpacks and a ‘colonization’ of the Kassel town made up of 1,0001 citizens of China.


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