China’s most famous artist and activist Ai Weiwei has arrived in Berlin – but he’s not planning to produce any art just yet.
An artist who investigated the Chinese government for corruption and drew attention to its human rights record, Mr. Ai had been accused of economic crimes and imprisoned for 81 days.
Mr. Ai was able to leave China in late July when the authorities returned his passport, which had been confiscated back in 2011. He flew to Germany on July 22 to join his partner and son who is attending school in Berlin.
In an interview with Berlin’s Tagesspiegel newspaper [in full below], he talked of his frustration and fear but also his sense of connection to China.