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Ai Weiwei’s Beijing Studio 

Torn Down

Artist and activist Ai Weiwei’s Zuoyou studio was recently demolished without warning in Beijing.

Ai Weiwei’s Zuoyou studio, mid-demolition. Courtesy Ai Weiwei Studio.

A demolition crew turned up at Ai’s studio on the afternoon of August 3 and began to smash the windows of the former factory building while a drill truck tore down the walls. Though Ai was planning to relocate and the rental contract on the studio had expired in late 2017, the deadline to vacate the premises had not yet passed when destruction began. Ai…

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