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What is Ai Weiwei doing with 9000 children’s backpacks?

What is Ai Weiwei doing with 9000 children’s backpacks?

Ai Weiwei - Remembering, 2009
Ai WeiweiRemembering, 2009, 100x1000cm, Haus der Kunst, München (Germany)

Overview

Ai Weiwei is unmistakably one of the most influential and equally controversial Chinese artists in recent history. He became famous worldwide in 2009 thanks to his highly celebrated art project, Remembering, an art piece he created to honor over 80,000 Chinese, most of whom were school children who perished in the May 2008 Sichuan earthquake. It was so captivating and popular that it rubbed the Chinese ruling regime the wrong way, and Ai Weiwei’s career has never been the same.

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