CHINA / Beijing: Ai Weiwei, released under strict conditions
June 23 2011
The Chinese artist detained since April has been released on the 22nd June 2011, obligated to respect certain strict conditions.
This is the only official statement to be made by the Chinese media: “Ai Weiwei has been released under caution on account of his confession of his crimes and because of the chronic illness with which he is suffering”.
On the 3rd April 2011, after 80 days in prison, Ai Weiwei was released. His liberation was asked for by numerous artistic and political personalities and by the world's leading museums who had circulated a petition, rallying 143,436 signatures.
Recently, artists Daniel Buren and Anish Kapoor cancelled their exhibitions in China out of solidarity with Ai Weiwei.
Ai Weiwei's release from prison, now a symbol of freedom across the globe, won't allow us to forget his studio colleagues who were also arrested in the same circumstances and who are still detained.