Ai Weiwei (Beijing, 28 August 1957) is a Chinese conceptual artist, political activist and philosopher, whose work consistently disputes the Chinese political regime whilst simultaneously touching upon global themes. The shape, innovation and simplicity of his series of sculpturally repurposed Forever-brand bicycles playfully raise questions about continuity and change, tradition and revolution. In rapidly changing economies, what dimensions of daily life can be expected to last ‘forever’?

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