An Exile Ascends China’s Big Stage

On today’s New York Times, Christopher Hawthorne wrote a story of “Ai Weiwei helped design the Olympics stadium for China.

“Thanks to his work with the Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron on the Olympic stadium being built here for the 2008 Summer Games, the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei suddenly finds himself with a rising profile in the architecture world.

……While Mr. Ai has helped design a piece of Olympic architecture that seems destined to become a landmark of the new China in the eyes of the world, he is also a former enemy of the state. Or at least the son of one.”

UPDATE: As part of their China Rising series, the Globe and Mail has also published a profile of Ai Weiwei.

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