2011年9月26日,英国《新政治家》(newstatesman)杂志评选出2011年最具影响力人50人,艾未未列为第三,在德国总理默克尔和美国中情局总干事David Petraeus之后。

杂志点评:如果中国要变为开放的社会,艾未未将成为解放13亿人的重要角色。

新政治家(newstatesman)链接:

50 People Who Matter 2011 | 3. Ai Wei Wei

Published 26 September 2011

The Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, whose Sunflower Seeds filled the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern until May, is now best known as a dissident. In 2008, after collaborating on the “Bird’s Nest” stadium in Beijing, Ai (right) resigned from his role as an adviser to the Olympics. He subsequently ran critical campaigns on his website and was placed under house arrest. Then, in April this year, he was detained at Beijing Airport. Ai was released on bail in June, since when he has resumed his attacks. He is in a lonely position: none of his compatriots, he complained, is “willing to speak out”. But if China ever opens up fully as a society, Ai will have played a big role in liberating 1.3 billion people.

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