Ai Weiwei is my new favorite contemporary artist. He is a badass. He cuts up 18th century chinese tables and rearranges them and puts them back together. He drops and paints 18th century Chinese vases. He fills a giant space with 100 million handmade and painted porcelain sunflower seeds. Most of all he does an amazing job pissing off the Chinese government.
He focused a ton of his art and influence on exposing an alleged corruption scandal in the construction of Sichuan schools that collapsed during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. He created a giant sign on the outside of the Tate Modern out of kids backpacks, which represented all the backpacks he saw in the rubble of the collapsed schools after the earthquake.
I can't do him justice with my words. The guy rules, look him up.
Dropping 18th Century Chinese Vase
reconstructed 18th century Chinese Table
100 Million Porcelain Sunflower Seeds in Tate Modern Turbine Hall