Tuesday, October 27, 2015

China Artist Ai Weiwei Protests Lego Political Censorship

China Artist Ai Weiwei Protests Lego Political  Censorship ---

October 26, 2015 Ai Weiwei vs. Lego: Artist Slams Toymaker in China ... The Wall Street Journal Chinese political [dissident and free speech] activist and artist Ai Weiwei said over the weekend that the company turned ... The Chinese artist plans to use Legos for an installation in Australia’s National Gallery of Victoria. Mr. Ai also noted that the refusal came weeks before the Oct. 21 announcement that a new Legoland will be constructed in Shanghai...  Last year on the island of Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay, Mr. Ai created a massive Lego carpet featuring portraits of prisoners of conscience from China and other countries... work has been de facto banned in his home country due to his outspoken criticism of China’s government.. recently allowed to hold his first solo exhibit in China over the summer... [Lego] had a blanket policy against endorsement of political projects.

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October 27

Ai Weiwei vs. Lego: Chinese artist takes on toy company Los Angeles Times‎ Ai Weiwei has taken his beef with Lego public, and the public has responded by throwing its ... artist claimed this week on social media  that Lego has refused to sell him a bulk order of Lego blocks to use in planned works of art for an exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. On his Instagram account, he asserted that the reason for Lego's refusal was because the works are of a "political" nature.

October 26

China's Ai Weiwei seeks LEGO bricks for exhibition after ...  Reuters Known for his "Bird's Nest" Olympic Stadium, Ai, who has regularly criticized China's record on human rights.. . confirmed... turned down the order..long-standing policy of not fulfilling bulk orders or donating bricks if they know they would be used as part of a "political agenda"... In response to LEGO's refusal and the overwhelming public response, Ai Weiwei has now decided to make a new work to defend freedom of speech and 'political art'... previously used LEGO bricks to build portraits of 175 well-known prisoners of conscience such as Nelson Mandela,

Ai Weiwei vs. Lego: Artist Slams Toymaker in China ... The Wall Street Journal  Lego is fielding a deluge of online criticism after Chinese political activist and artist Ai Weiwei said over the weekend that the company turned ... The Chinese artist plans to use Legos for an installation in Australia’s National Gallery of Victoria. Mr. Ai also noted that the refusal came weeks before the Oct. 21 announcement that a new Legoland will be constructed in Shanghai.

LEGO wouldn't sell bricks to Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, so fans The Washington Post Ai Weiwei needs your LEGOs. The outspoken Chinese artist — famous in China for using his art to campaign for democracy and free speech ...

Fans Flood Artist Ai Weiwei With Offers Of Legos NPR‎

China's Ai Weiwei off to play as fans answer call for Lego ...
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Yahoo! News1 day ago - Berlin (AFP) - Chinese artist Ai Weiwei said Monday his plan to create aLego artwork can go ahead as donations of the toy poured in from fans ...

October 25 

The Internet Is Awesome: Fans Reject Lego's Political ... ThinkProgress  Ai Weiwei's Lego installation in a building on Alcatraz Island depicting ...in Shanghai as one of the many deals of the U.K.-China "Golden Era.".

Chinese activist Ai Weiwei accuses Lego of 'censorship ...  CNNMoney  Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei says Lego refused to sell him toy bricks for his artwork, calling it an "an act of censorship and discrimination.".


Fans Flood Artist Ai Weiwei With Offers Of Legos : The Two ...
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NPR1 day ago - The company that makes Legos has landed at the center of a social-media firestorm after Chinese artist Ai Weiwei complained that it refused to ...