Monday, April 11, 2011

Signatures for release Weiwei

Barely a week after the arrest on third day of April, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and activist in Beijing airport as he prepared to travel to Hong Kong, the Guggenheim Museum has launched a campaign to collect signatures on-line expressing concern and calling for his immediate release. The campaign, which late on Monday had received more than 16,000 accessions, have joined other institutions as the Tate Modern in London, the Modern Art in New York or the Art Institute of Chicago.

In the petition, that such institutions have promoted through their communities on Facebook and Twitter followers around the world, the signatories make public their disappointment at "the reluctance of China at the time of its promise of promoting creativity and independent thinking, "and endorses the statement that the International Committee of Museums of Modern Art (CIMAM) did last April 6:" the detention of artists and activists is not only inconsistent with China's commitment to fundamental freedoms guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its own constitution, but also the commitment of the Chinese Government through the Ministry of Culture, to promote all the arts and artistic ideas to anticipate.

" Weiwei, now known for designing the Olympic stadium in Beijing, which performed in collaboration with architects Herzog and De Meuron, "it has long been a leading figure in the artistic community in China. Also a critic, curator and designer, if Ai wanted to use his prestige to denounce the lack of freedom of the system began having problems: arrests, demolition of their study, problems with the police ...

While in Barcelona, in October 2009, to present his installation at the Mies van der Rohe, still had traces of the operation on the head that had to make emergency in Switzerland as a result of police beatings that China will had inflicted weeks ago. However, the Chinese foreign ministry said, last Friday April 8, Weiwei be investigating for alleged economic crimes.

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