We understand from news reports that the artist Ai Weiwei was arrested by the Chinese authorities on Sunday 3 April as he tried to board a plane to Hong Kong. The artist remains uncontactable and his whereabouts are unknown. We are dismayed by developments that again threaten Ai Weiwei’s right to speak freely as an artist and hope that he will be released immediately.
In response to Ai Weiwei’s arrest and detainment, leading museums around the world have joined and launched an online petition to express concern for Ai’s freedom and call for his release, including Guggenheim Museum; the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD); Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate, London; Gwangju Biennale, Korea; and the Musée national d’art moderne/Centre de création industrielle, Paris. We sincerely hope that our collective action using social networking sites – Ai Weiwei’s favored medium of social sculpture – will promote Ai’s liberty and the principle of free creative expression.
To sign the museums’ petition visit www.change.org