Never having heard of Ai Weiwei I was interested in what it would be like and hearing of new works for the exhibition decided it would be a good Saturday expedition.
Each of these artists feature in this gargantuan display, developed by the NGV in collaboration with the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and with the participation of Ai Weiwei. With over 200 works by the iconic 20th century Renaissance man Andy Warhol, and 120 works by activist, architect, and artist Ai Weiwei, a contemplative conversation between the artists, who never met, unfolds.
Andy Warhol was a key figure in the American Pop Art movement. Using a limited palette and icons of consumer culture, celebrity and media encroachment, and symbols of everyday life Warhol’s work commented on the unfolding changing nature of common day America.
|The photo looks unfocused but the overlapping frames create a blurred effect|
|Porcelein flower mat|
Ai Weiwei 's love of the internet and his blog esp about social justice, caused him to be arrested in 2011 and jailed without trail for 81 days.
Upon his release his passport was revoked and his studio placed under constant surveillance
|His studio with Bike|
WITH FLOWERS saw him place a fresh bunch of flowers in his bike basket in a poetic protest against his restrictions to travel
|Photos of the daily fresh flowers|
As I blog I realise it was the Weiwei stuff that fascinated me! I need to go back and peruse the Warhol stuff more.
A new centrepiece of the Exhibition was Ai Weiwei’s installation ‘Letgo Room’, which he has gifted to the NGV, is a cube room, with floor to ceiling portraits and quotes with Australian human rights activists, including Rosie Batty, Julian Assange, and Archie Roach.
This room’s exterior compares Warhol and Weiwei’s Mao portraits, with Warhol Mao wallpaper adorning the walls under the watchful eyes of Weiwei’s portraits of Mao.
|the Letgo floor. It was covered in plastic and made a noise as we walked|
All in all
Need to go again!!
|And the gorgeous chandelier (Weiwei)|