The artist, who has posted pictures of himself on Twitter, said a surgeon in Munich told him he needed immediate surgery because of bleeding in the intercranial cavity between his brain and skull. The 52-year-old artist had the operation Monday.
The avant-garde Beijing-based artist is in Germany ahead of his October exhibit there. He said he’d suffered dizziness ever since being punched in the head and detained in a hotel in Sichuan province in August. Twenty uniformed and plainclothes police converged on the hotel where he was staying and threatened to kill him, he said.