Artworks by Ai Weiwei

Forever Bicycles by Ai Weiwei

275 x 450 cm (variable)
Bicycles Installation

Grapes by Ai Weiwei

166.4 x 177.5 c 154 cm
17 Qing Dynasty Stools

Chandelier by Ai Weiwei

548.6 x 403.9 cm
Mixed Media

Colorful Vases by Ai Weiwei

largest: 44.5 x 28.6 x 28.6 cm
smallest: 34.3 x 26 x 26 cm
Industrial Paint on Neolithic Vases

Bowl of Pearls by Ai Weiwei

43 x 100 cm
Porcelain, Fresh Water Pearls

12 Zodiac Heads (monumental) by Ai Weiwei

average height per piece 350 cm

Marble Helmet by Ai Weiwei

30 x 25 x 15 cm

Sunflower Seeds by Ai Weiwei

100 million pieces, size variable

Map of China by Ai Weiwei

88 x 125 x 91.5 cm
Tieli Wood from dismantled temples of the Qing Dynasty

River Crabs by Ai Weiwei

3200 pieces, size variable

12 Zodiac Heads by Ai Weiwei

Average size per piece 91.4 x 47.6 x 63.5 cm
Bronze & Gold Patina

Iron Grass by Ai Weiwei

276 pieces, size variable
Cast Iron

Ai Weiwei


Ai Weiwei—artist, architectural designer, curator, and social activist—is perhaps the social-known and most successful contemporary artist in China. Ai Weiwei was born in Beijing in 1957 and is the son of acclaimed poet Ai Qing, one of the country’s finest modernist poets. Ai Weiwei has exhibited in museums and galleries around the world.

Ms. Susanna Yang with internationally acclaimed artist Ai Weiwei.
YANG GALLERY Singapore & Beijing 798 Managing Director Ms. Susanna Yang with internationally acclaimed artist Ai Weiwei.

He worked closely with Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron to design the 2008 National Olympic Stadium (“the Bird’s Nest”).

Open in his criticism of the Chinese government, Ai was famously detained for months in 2011, then released to house arrest. “I don’t see myself as a dissident artist,” he says. “I see them as a dissident government!” Some of Ai’s best known works are installations, often tending towards the conceptual and sparking dialogue between the contemporary world and traditional Chinese modes of thought and production.

For Sunflower Seeds (2010) at the Tate Modern, he scattered 100 million porcelain “seeds” handpainted by 1,600 Chinese artisans—a commentary on mass consumption and the loss of individuality. Ai Weiwei received the Chinese Contemporary Art Award for Lifetime Contribution in 2008. He often leverages his work and acclaim to make explicit his opinions as one of China’s most outspoken cultural critics.