China’s most famous artist, who designed Beijing's Bird's Nest stadium for the 2008 Olympics, has become the subject of a documentary film, “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry”.
Last year Weiwei was detained without charge and held in solitary confinement for nearly three months as part of a government crackdown on dissidents, sparking an international outcry among artists and human rights activists.
Many assume that the creator of the work in which 100 million ceramic sunflower seeds filled Turbine Hall in London's Tate Modern museum was punished for speaking out publicly about the Communist leadership and social problems in China.
Weiwei’s installations and performances feature political and social connotations and tackle the issues of freedom, civil rights and morality.
The 54-year-old dissident has been accused by the Chinese government of owing back taxes and of late payments. Last year he managed to pay a bond of nearly one million euros; the sum was raised by his fans and supporters.
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