A Major International Exhibition In Melbourne Features Two of the Most Significant Artists

Ai Weiwei has opened the exhibition “Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei” at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) after Chinese authorities returned his passport earlier this year, enabling him to travel overseas for the first time since 2011 when he was detained in Beijing and had his passport confiscated. #truestory "Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei" is at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, until April 24, 2016.

Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei at NGV Melbourne

“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.

The exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) will showcase 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.”

Forever Bicycles by Ai Weiwei

“Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei” is at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, until April 24, 2016.