'Nobody Has Endless Strength' Ai Weiwei's New Life in Europe

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was finally given his passport back and immediately left the country to join his family in Germany. But he is unsettled by his newfound freedom and he is searching for a new role. SPIEGEL caught up with him in Munich.
Ai Weiwei at the Bayerische Hof hotel in Munich in early August: "It seems surreal to me. Sometimes I feel like I could cry."

Ai Weiwei at the Bayerische Hof hotel in Munich in early August: "It seems surreal to me. Sometimes I feel like I could cry."

Foto: Dieter Mayr/ DER SPIEGEL
Ai Weiwei, his partner Wang Fen and their son Ai Lao arriving in Munich on July 30.

Ai Weiwei, his partner Wang Fen and their son Ai Lao arriving in Munich on July 30.

Foto: AP/dpa
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