• Ideas
  • May 03, 2011

Love the Future: Take to the Streets

24 April 2011.

On April 17, thousands of activists showed up at Chinese embassies and consulates around the world to protest China's detention of artist Ai Weiwei. The worldwide event, entitled "1001 Chairs for Ai Weiwei," took place at Dublin, Munich, London, Stockholm, Tallinn (Estonia), Hong Kong, Los Angeles and New York. The peaceful protests, where people brought individual chairs to stage mass "sit-ins," were inspired by Ai's 2007 installation 1001 Qing Dynasty Wooden Chairs (2007), in which 1,001 Qing Dynasty-era chairs were displayed in a grid at the 2007 documenta in Kassel, Germany.