NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA, MELBOURNE
11 DECEMBER 2015 – 24 APRIL 2016

THE ANDY WARHOL MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH, USA
JUNE – AUGUST 2016

A major international exhibition featuring two of the most significant artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries – Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei – will open at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Melbourne in December 2015 and The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh in June 2016.

Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei, developed by the NGV and The Andy Warhol Museum, with the participation of Ai Weiwei, will explore the significant influence of these two exemplary artists on modern art and contemporary life, focussing on the parallels and intersections between the two artists’ practices. Surveying the scope of both artists’ careers, the NGV exhibition will present over 300 works, including major new commissions, immersive installations and a wide representation of painting, sculpture, film, photography, publishing and social media.

A suite of major commissions by Ai Weiwei will be premiered and presented alongside key works from the past four decades. It will present the most comprehensive representation of the artist’s work in Australia to date.

Over 200 of Warhol’s most celebrated works will be featured, including paintings and silk-screens such as Campbell’s Soup, Electric Chair, Mao, Elvis, Flowers and celebrity portraits, sculpture and installation, and an extensive selection of film, music and publishing; including previously unseen work. The exhibition will also bring together a wide range of photography including over 500 Polaroids documenting Warhol’s friends, colleagues, artistic and social milieux.

Ai Weiwei in front of  s Warhol self-portrait at the Museum of Modern Art in 1987. Photograph: Ai Weiwei/Collection of Ai Weiwei
Ai Weiwei in front of s Warhol self-portrait at the Museum of Modern Art in 1987. Photograph: Ai Weiwei/Collection of Ai Weiwei
Christopher Makos Andy Warhol in Tiananmen Square (detail) 1982 © Christopher Makos 1982, makostudio.com
Christopher Makos
Andy Warhol in Tiananmen Square (detail) 1982
© Christopher Makos 1982, makostudio.com
Ai Weiwei Williamsburg, Brooklyn (detail) 1983 from the New York Photographs series 1983‒93 Collection of Ai Weiwei © Ai Weiwei
Ai Weiwei
Williamsburg, Brooklyn (detail) 1983
from the New York Photographs series 1983‒93
Collection of Ai Weiwei
© Ai Weiwei
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