Melbourne - Exhibition

Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

12 Dec 201524 Apr 2016

“Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei”, developed by the NGV and The Andy Warhol Museum, with the participation of Ai Weiwei, explores the significant influence of these two exemplary artists on modern art and contemporary life, focusing on the parallels, intersections and points of difference between the two artists’ practices. Surveying the scope of both artists’ careers, the exhibition at the NGV presents more than 300 works, including major new commissions, immersive installations and a wide representation of paintings, sculpture, film, photography, publishing and social media.

Presenting the work of both artists, the exhibition explores modern and contemporary art, life and cultural politics through the activities of two exemplary figures – one of whom represents twentieth century modernity and the ‘American century’; and the other contemporary life in the twenty-first century and what has been heralded as the ‘Chinese century’ to come.

“Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei” premieres a suite of major new commissions from Ai Weiwei, including an installation from the Forever Bicycles series, composed from almost 1500 bicycles; a major five-metre-tall work from Ai’s Chandelier series of crystal and light; Blossom 2015, a spectacular installation in the form of a large bed of thousands of delicate, intricately designed white porcelain flowers; and a room-scale installation featuring portraits of Australian advocates for human rights and freedom of speech and information.

  • Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei exhibition view at the National Gallery of Victoria. Ai Weiwei artwork © Ai Weiwei. Photo by Brooke HolmAndy Warhol | Ai Weiwei exhibition view at the National Gallery of Victoria. Ai Weiwei artwork © Ai Weiwei. Photo by Brooke Holm
  • Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei exhibition view at the National Gallery of Victoria. Ai Weiwei artwork © Ai Weiwei. Photo by Brooke HolmAndy Warhol | Ai Weiwei exhibition view at the National Gallery of Victoria. Ai Weiwei artwork © Ai Weiwei. Photo by Brooke Holm

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OPENING:
mon 10:00 am - ; wed, thu, fri, sat, sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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