21 Best Quotes by Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei is the most famous Chinese artist living today. As an activist, he calls attention to human rights violations on an epic scale; as an artist, he expands the definition of art to include new forms of social engagement. Page has interesting quotes by Ai Weiwei.

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Famous Quotes by Ai Weiwei

I see the Beijing National Stadium as an architectural project. I accepted Herzog and De Meuron’s invitation to collaborate on the design and our proposal won the competition. From beginning to end I stayed with the project. I am committed to fostering relationships between a city and its architecture.

— Ai Weiwei

The ‘Bird’s Nest’ National Stadium which I helped to conceive is designed to embody the Olympic spirit of ‘fair competition.’ It tells people that freedom is possible but needs fairness courage and strength.

— Ai Weiwei

Everyone wants an iPhone but it would be impossible to design an iPhone in China because it’s not a product it’s an understanding of human nature.

— Ai Weiwei

I see the Beijing National Stadium as an architectural project. I accepted Herzog and De Meuron’s invitation to collaborate on the design and our proposal won the competition. From beginning to end I stayed with the project. I am committed to fostering relationships between a city and its architecture.

— Ai Weiwei

When you have strict censorship of the internet young students cannot receive a full education. Their view of the world is imbalanced. There can be no true discussion of the issues.

— Ai Weiwei

The American experience influenced my understanding of individuality basic human rights freedom of expression and the rights and responsibilities of citizens.

— Ai Weiwei

I don’t believe in the so-called Olympic spirit. I speak from personal experience. When China hosted the Games it failed to include the people. The event was constructed without regard for their joy.

— Ai Weiwei

The American experience influenced my understanding of individuality basic human rights freedom of expression and the rights and responsibilities of citizens.

— Ai Weiwei

Widespread state control over art and culture has left no room for freedom of expression in the country. For more than 60 years anyone with a dissenting opinion has been suppressed. Chinese art is merely a product: it avoids any meaningful engagement. There is no larger context. Its only purpose is to charm viewers with its ambiguity.

— Ai Weiwei

China has not established the rule of law and if there is a power above the law there is no social justice. Everybody can be subjected to harm. I’m just a citizen: my life is equal in value to any other. But I’m thankful that when I lost my freedom so many people shared feelings and put such touching effort into helping me.

— Ai Weiwei

The ‘Bird’s Nest’ National Stadium which I helped to conceive is designed to embody the Olympic spirit of ‘fair competition.’ It tells people that freedom is possible but needs fairness courage and strength.

— Ai Weiwei

This nation is notorious for its ability to make or fake anything cheaply. ‘Made-in-China’ goods now fill homes around the world. But our giant country has a small problem. We can’t manufacture the happiness of our people.

— Ai Weiwei

The Chinese art world does not exist. In a society that restricts individual freedoms and violates human rights anything that calls itself creative or independent is a pretence. It is impossible for a totalitarian society to create anything with passion and imagination.

— Ai Weiwei

I think Chinese leadership is trying to tell the world they have another set of logic or reasoning or values which are different from yours. Of course I don’t think they believe that. It’s just an argument that’s made when you can’t confront the truth and facts. They really want to maintain power.

— Ai Weiwei

People are always wondering if I am an artist or political activist or politician. Maybe I’ll just clearly tell you: Whatever I do is not art. Let’s say it is just objects or materials movies or writing but not art OK?

— Ai Weiwei

Censorship is saying: ‘I’m the one who says the last sentence. Whatever you say the conclusion is mine.’ But the internet is like a tree that is growing. The people will always have the last word – even if someone has a very weak quiet voice. Such power will collapse because of a whisper.

— Ai Weiwei

This week the world gathers in Beijing for the 2008 Olympic games. This is the extraordinary moment China has been dreaming of for 100 years. People have been longing for this moment because it symbolises a turning point in China’s relationship with the outside world.

— Ai Weiwei

The Chinese art world does not exist. In a society that restricts individual freedoms and violates human rights anything that calls itself creative or independent is a pretence. It is impossible for a totalitarian society to create anything with passion and imagination.

— Ai Weiwei

Police in China can do whatever they want after 81 days in arbitrary detention you clearly realise that they don’t have to obey their own laws. In a society like this there is no negotiation no discussion except to tell you that power can crush you any time they want – not only you your whole family and all people like you.

— Ai Weiwei

The ‘Bird’s Nest’ National Stadium which I helped to conceive is designed to embody the Olympic spirit of ‘fair competition.’ It tells people that freedom is possible but needs fairness courage and strength.

— Ai Weiwei

China has not established the rule of law and if there is a power above the law there is no social justice. Everybody can be subjected to harm. I’m just a citizen: my life is equal in value to any other. But I’m thankful that when I lost my freedom so many people shared feelings and put such touching effort into helping me.

— Ai Weiwei

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