Visitors look at Ai Weiwei's "Trace" installation — part of the @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz series — last year on Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Ai Weiwei's With Wind greets visitors to his exhibit, "@Large," on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco. Jan Sturmann/Courtesy FOR-SITE Foundation hide caption

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Confined In China, Ai Weiwei Directs Alcatraz Exhibit From Afar

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The dissident Chinese artist uses San Francisco's former island prison to contrast themes of freedom and restriction.

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Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's "Colored Vases" is shown on display in December at the Perez Art Museum Miami. One of the vases in the exhibit was smashed Sunday. Zachary Fagenson /Reuters/Landov hide caption

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The video for Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's newly released song starts by re-creating the conditions of his captivity during the 81 days he was held in police detention in 2011, and later dissolves into a dystopian nightmare. Courtesy Ai Weiwei hide caption

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Ai Weiwei, one of China's most controversial artists, looks on during the 'So Sorry' exhibition opening at 'Haus der Kunst' on October 11, 2009 in Munich. Miguel Villagran/Getty Images hide caption

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