Al Weiwei has used ancient Chinese techniques for kite making, string, bamboo rods and glue to fashion his sculptures.

Chateau la Coste, near Le Puy Sainte Reparade in Provence is know for wine, art, scultpture and music. For the next year they are hosting an Al Weiwei exhibition, and also have a permanent exhibit by this celebrated Chinese sculptor.

Ai Weiwei  born 28 August 1957 in Beijing) is a Chinese Contemporary artist and activist.  Ai collaborated with Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron as the artistic consultant on the Beijing National Stadium for the 2008 Olympics. As a political activist, he has been highly and openly critical of the Chinese Government’s  stance on democracy and human rights. He has investigated government corruption and cover-ups, in particular the Sichuan schools corruption scandal following the collapse of so-called “tofu-dreg schools” in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. In 2011, following his arrest at Beijing Capital International Airport on 3 April, he was held for 81 days without any official charges being filed; officials alluded to their allegations of “economic crimes”.

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