Ai Weiwei's latest artwork, "S.A.C.R.E.D." debuted as part of the solo exhibition "Disposition" organized by the Zuecca Project Space in collaboration with Lisson Gallery and held parallel to the 55th Venice Biennale.
The six iron boxes that comprise the work contain painstakingly detailed dioramas of the prison cell where Ai was held for 81 days from April 3 to June 22, 2011. Through narrow apertures, viewers glimpse scenes of his confinement - the daily acts of eating, showering, sleeping, defecating, walking, and being interrogated - rendered in fiberglass sculptures 50% smaller than life size.
"S.A.C.R.E.D." will be on view at the Church of Saint Antonin in Venice through September 15, 2013.
In "Dumbass" the first single and music video from Ai Weiwei's debut album "The Divine Comedy", Ai offers a provocative look into his 2011 detention. With cinematography by Christopher Doyle and music by Zuoxiao Zuzhou.
In lieu of a final exam, students in Professor Chang Wang's Chinese law classes at the University of Minnesota School of Law and William Mitchell College of Law held a moot court competition to review the "Fake Case" under the terms of the Chinese Constitution.
A play by Howard Brenton, based on Ai Weiwei’s account in Barnaby Martin’s book ‘Hanging Man’. Directed by James Macdonald. 11 April - 18 May.
A book by Barnaby Martin about Ai Weiwei's detention based on first-person interviews by Ai. Published by Faber and Faber.
The first edition of Sarmiento's "Art Law Codex" invites a group of artists, writers, curators, lawyers, and legal scholars to submit a document that defines art and law. Ai Weiwei contributed the document "Beijing Local Tax Bureau's Notice Regarding Punishment of Tax Crimes" to this exhibition.