The Conceptual artist Mr. Ai Wei Wei, was detained by the Chinese authorities on Sunday April 3. Where has he been taken and why? His work now shown all over the Western world is a deep reflection of China today and the authorities are not happy about it.
KWMR Good Morning West Marin. Monday April 11 9.a.m.
Host Susan Diexler
Epicenter Monday April 11 11. a.m. Host Lyons Filmer
The Artist Speaks,
It was in January of this year that an American friend, visiting London insisted that I go to the Tate Modern Museum and see the Sunflower seed exhibit by Ai Weiwei (I way way). So one gray Sunday afternoon we went to The Tate Modern where we were hushed by the statement Mr. Ai had made with the seeds; about China, its history, modern economics, materialism and globalization. The huge atrium was stilled as those of us walking the seed bed perimieter pondered the power that over one hundred million hand made and painted porcelain sunflower seeds had provoked. Mr. Ai is a modern artist working in modern times and uses all the interactive media that is at his disposal. In some places in China and around the world stories and news are still passed from one person to another, spoken by the traveler. As writing came out of the monasteries and into the hands of...
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Theme music composed and performed by Pete Horner