In March 2011, the German-based Chinese artist Meng Huang (孟煌) shipped a chair via DHL to Liu Xiaobo, recipient of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize serving an 11-year term in Jinzhou Prison in China. According to online tracking, the chair disappeared after it had entered China. Meng believes the Chinese authorities impounded it.
This year Chinese writer Mo Yan won the Nobel Prize for Literature. In October when the prize was announced, Mo Yan told the world press that he hoped Liu Xiaobo would be free soon. That gave Meng Huang another idea: He will ask Mo Yan for help.
On December 5, Meng Huang sent another chair, this time to the Swedish Academy of Letters, asking the Academy to pass the chair on to Mo Yan, ask him to take it back to China, and give it to fellow Nobelist Liu Xiaobo.
With the shipping, Meng Huang attached a note. It reads:
“Dear Mr. Mo Yan, I’m a Chinese artist. In March 2011, I shipped a chair to Mr. Liu Xiaobo in China. Unfortunately it disappeared after entering China. Will you please take this chair back to China and give it to Mr. Liu Xiaobo? Many thanks. — Meng Huang, December 4, 2012, Berlin.”
On December 7, Meng Huang received shipping confirmation that the chair has been delivered to its recipient—the Swedish Academy of Letters. Meng Huang will be in Stockholm on the 9th and the 10th to track down the chair and make sure it will be passed on to Mo Yan.