China's Age of Madness - Page 2
At the moment Beijing is hosting a German exhibition “The Art of the Enlightenment”. Ai Weiwei told Bork: “The contemporary situation in China is absolutely crazy. If I had to give a name to this epoch, then I would say, we are living in an Age of Madness.” Shortly after speaking these words Ai Weiwei disappeared into the centre of the Chinese darkness. Nothing has been heard from him since.
This month the largest European exhibition ever to be staged in China proudly opened at the National Museum of China in Tiananmen Square. The German exhibition is called “The Art of the Enlightenment”, that great period of European history when freedom of expression was brought to the fore by people like Voltaire. Yet China is waging war on its own intellectuals and artists. The irony could not be more obvious. “The Art of the Enlightenment” only highlights the utter craziness of the Age of Madness.