Ai Weiwei Traces a Century of Making Authorities Squirm

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The artist provocateur Ai Weiwei became world famous and mocked Chinese icons – dynastic artifacts, Tiananmen Square, the Beijing Olympics – and spent some time imprisoned for his artistic expressions. One symbol of Chinese power that he did not pillory is Xi Jinping, the country’s pre-eminent leader.

Mr Ai, who will publish his memoir on November 2nd, says his mission is to call on governments and institutions when freedoms are threatened.