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Thursday, December 14, 2017

As Art World Rallies, Chinese Officials Summon Ai Weiwei's Wife

As Art World Rallies, Chinese Officials Summon Ai Weiwei's Wife Reuters/Bobby Yip

Lu Qing was asked to take documents with her, but ironically, she couldn't- she'd had them confiscated by police.
Her husband, Ai Weiwei, has long been a prominent figure in the art world.  He designed the Olympic stadium in Beijing, along with Herzog and De Meuron, and his his sunflower seeds exhibition is currently displayed at Tate Modern, in London.

But it seems his fame has not played at his advantage in denouncing the regime's lack of freedom, and he's now under investigation for alleged economic crimes. The general sentiment is that the allegations are a cover for detaining him for his political campaigning. “China in many ways is just like the Middle Ages,” Ai Weiwei told officials at Beijing airport, after surveillance cameras were installed at his gate entrance, his phone was tapped and his mircroblog censored.

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