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Gianluca Costantini

Courtroom Sketches from Ai Weiwei’s Legal Battle Against Volkswagen

The artist has filed a lawsuit against the company for copyright infringement after the automaker used one of his works about the refugee crisis as a backdrop for its cars.

The Chinese artist, who currently lives in Europe, filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen and its Danish counterpart Skandinavisk for copyright infringement. Ai alleges that the automaker use an installation of his work at the Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen as a backdrop for one of its car advertisements without his or the museum’s permission.

The artwork in question is called “Soleil Levant” (2017). Created for World Refugee Day, it consists of 3,500 discarded, bright orange life jackets used by migrants who fled persecution and landed in Lesvos, Greece.

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