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One Tiger Eight Breasts

the image now known as “一虎八奶图” one tiger, eight breasts (I can only spot 4)

According to an article in the Guardian : Ai Weiwei is now being charged with spreading ‘pornographic’ images all over the web. Ai invited some 网友 (net friends) over to his studio, shot some nudies and put them up on the web and then forgot he had done so.  The Chinese government view Ai as a tax evading dissident who is supported and praised by those in the west. The government are often cracking down on online pornography (they arrested 5,394 for disseminating online porn in 2009)

Ai told associated press: “If they see nudity as pornography, then China is still in the Qing dynasty,”

In a similar story the French government have removed works of Henri Matisse from gift shops all over Paris and put his grandson under house arrest.

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Keep off the sunflower seeds

Old news, Beijing artist, dissident and ex-studio owner Ai Weiwei has loaded the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern with 100,000,000 individually handmade porcelain replica sunflower seeds.  Though billed as a sensory and immersive installation, you are sadly no longer permitted to walk accross the seeds.  I suspect this is becuase people couldn’t resist the temptation to pinch one as a souvenier.  I was disappointed, as I had been hoping to pinch one as a souvenier.  This decision was made on October 16th last year, making this old news too.

People who timed their visit better than me

Sunflower Seeds is at the Turbine Hall untill 2 May.


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