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Ai Weiwei's 'shattered mirror' lands in Thailand

Exiled Chinese artist speaks out ahead of first Bangkok exhibition

Eye-opening: Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei is headlining the Bangkok Art Biennale, which kicked off on Oct. 29. (Courtesy of Ai Weiwei Studio) 

BANGKOK -- Artist, activist and exiled China critic Ai Weiwei went viral two months ago with the release of "Coronation," an astonishing documentary shot in Wuhan, the ground zero of the global pandemic. Filmed clandestinely by scores of citizen journalists, it was shot in the locked-down Chinese city and released without advance notice.

The documentary is part of a barrage of new material from one of the world's busiest artists, who last year moved from Germany to England, while retaining a studio in Berlin. He is currently projecting an innovative video montage on a gigantic electronic billboard -- the largest in Europe -- in London's Piccadilly Circus. From late October he is launching his first foray into Thailand, headlining the Bangkok Art Biennale and a solo show at the Tang Gallery at River City.

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