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Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Presented by Freethink Media

Tuesday, October 30 7:30PM - 9:31PM

at Landmark E Street
555 11th St NW, Washington, DC, 20004 (map)
$10.00 General

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The Event Program

  • Get There Early for Good Seats!
  • Movie presentation of Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

    AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY is the first feature-length film about the internationally renowned Chinese artist and activist, Ai Weiwei. In recent years, Ai has garnered international attention as much for his ambitious artwork as his political provocations. AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY examines this complex intersection of artistic practice and social activism as seen through the life and art of China's preeminent contemporary artist.

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  • Enjoy the Show!

    From the Huffington Post: "Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who helped design Beijing's Olympic Stadium and has since drawn tough scrutiny for his political activism, is opening the first North American retrospective exhibition of his work in Washington.
    Ai, 55, is barred from leaving China, though, after being detained without explanation for three months last year. In recent weeks, he has been fighting charges of tax evasion, and the government has moved to close his design firm. So he won't be at the opening Sunday at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum.

    Artworks in "Ai Weiwei: According to What?" capture his push for free expression and his relentless questioning of authority, curators said. One 1995 photograph shows him giving the middle finger to the White House. It's also a study on perspective that Ai has repeated at the Eiffel Tower, Tiananmen Square and elsewhere.

    "I always admire his questioning attitude. I think it's important for all of us to try to find the truth and where the truth is," said curator Mami Kataoka of Tokyo's Mori Art Museum, who organized the exhibit. "It's very difficult to find the truth, particularly in China."

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Event Info

According to Muse Film and Television: "...In recent years, Ai has garnered international attention as much for his ambitious artwork as his political provocations. AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY examines this complex intersection of artistic practice and social activism as seen through the life and art of China's preeminent contemporary artist. From 2008 to 2010, Beijing-based journalist and filmmaker Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai Weiwei. Klayman documented Ai's artistic process in preparation for major museum exhibitions, his intimate exchanges with family members and his increasingly public clashes with the Chinese government. Klayman's detailed portrait of the artist provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures."

To learn more, check out the "Ai Weiwei: According to What" exhibit, which opens at the Hirshhorn in Washington, DC on October 8th, 2012.