Reports on Ai Weiwei

Danwei reports that artist Ai Weiwei is undergoing surgery in Germany as a consequence of being bashed on the head by police in Chengdu.

German newspaper sites such as Suddeutscher Zeitung, which carried a longer article about Ai entitled “Forbidden Truths [Verbotene Wahrheiten]” on August 14, have yet to pick up the story.  Frankfurter Rundschau ran a nice extended profile of Ai on August 17 entitled “Der Ritterschlag.”

Ai’s Twitter feed indicates he was admitted to Munich University Hospital on 14 September:

未-未艾于德国时间9月14日上午到慕 尼黑大学医院就诊。慕尼黑最好的外科医生已经对他进行了检查,结果是“重挫造成的外颅与脑体间大面积出血”,医生建议立即进行手术,手术可能安排德国时间 9月14日下午或9月15日上午。未未现在正在医院等待手术,谢谢大家关心,他让大家不要担心。

According to this 29 August report in Bayern Magazin, Ai was scheduled to be a guest at the Haus der Kunst in Munich from 12 October 2009-January 2010 for an exhibition entitled “So Sorry.”  I will be keeping tabs on this story in the German press and internet and will blog updates as more information becomes available.

More photos are available via the artist’s Twitter feed.

Ai Weiwei in Munich University Hospital, 15 Sept. 2009
Ai Weiwei in Munich University Hospital, 15 Sept. 2009

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