Sunday, April 10, 2011

Call for the Release of Artist Ai WeiWei


Sign the petition here.


OVERVIEW

On April 3, internationally acclaimed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was detained at the Beijing airport while en route to Hong Kong, and his papers and computers were seized from his studio compound.

We members of the international arts community express our concern for Ai’s freedom and disappointment in China’s reluctance to live up to its promise to nurture creativity and independent thought, the keys to “soft power” and cultural influence.

Our institutions have some of the largest online museum communities in the world. We have launched this online petition to our collective millions of Facebook fans and Twitter followers. By using Ai Weiwei’s favored medium of “social sculpture,” we hope to hasten the release of our visionary friend.

Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation and Alexandra Munroe, Samsung Senior Curator, Asian Art
Michael Govan, Director, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Kaywin Feldman, President, Association of Art Museum Directors and Director and President, Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Glenn Lowry, Director, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Yongwoo Lee, President, The Gwangju Biennale Foundation
Vishakha Desai, President and Melissa Chiu, Vice President of Global Arts, Asia Society
Sir Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate and Chris Dercon, Director, Tate Modern
Jim Cuno, President and Director, Art Institute of Chicago
Ann Philbin, Director, Hammer Museum
Julián Zugazagoitia, Director, Nelson Atkins Museum

前言


享誉国际的艺术家艾未未于四月三日于北京国际机场,在乘机前往香港时遭受扣押。他位于北京住所的文件及电脑也遭查封。

我们身为国际艺术组织的成员,在此表达对艾未未的人身自由之强烈忧虑。同时,我们对于中国政府未能实现其对于培植创造力及自由思考─这些作为”软实力”及文化影响力的根本要件之承诺,感到十分失望。
我们的机构拥有全世界最大的博物馆线上社群。我们已经在网上发起请愿活动,将串联起在Facebook(脸书)及Twitter(推特)上的百万追随者。我们期望藉由艾未未深信能够实现”社会雕塑”的媒体-网络,来达成对释放这位拥有美好远景的艺术家及朋友之请求。

Richard Armstrong 古根汉姆美术馆 馆长
Alexandra Munroe 古根汉姆美术馆 资深策展人
Michael Govan 洛杉矶美术馆 馆长
Kaywin Feldman 美国博物馆协会暨明尼阿波利斯美术馆 总裁
Glenn Lowry 纽约当代美术馆 馆长
Yongwoo Lee 光州双年展基金会 总裁
Vishakha Desai 亚洲协会 总裁
Melissa Chiu 亚洲协会 全球艺术项目 副总裁
Sir Nicholas Serota 泰德美术馆 馆长
Jim Cuno, 芝加哥美术馆 馆长暨总裁
Ann Philbin, 汉默美术馆
Julián Zugazagoitia 纳尔逊·阿特金斯艺术博物馆

Sign the petition here.

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