Ai Weiwei. In Search of Humanity

From 16 March 2022

Ai Weiwei | Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn, 1995 | Images courtesy of the artist, Private Collection
Ai Weiwei | Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn, 1995 | Images courtesy of the artist, Private Collection

Ai Weiwei | Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn, 1995 | Images courtesy of the artist, Private Collection
Ai Weiwei | Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn, 1995 | Images courtesy of the artist, Private Collection

The ALBERTINA MODERN presents the first comprehensive museum exhibition in Vienna dedicated to Ai Weiwei, an outstanding artistic voice of our time, a ceaseless activist, a proud critic of authoritarian systems and a truthful poet. In Search of Humanity extensively examines the aspect of humanity and artistic responsibility within Ai Weiwei’s oeuvre.

The exhibition highlights concepts such as: surveillance, censorship, human rights, freedom of expression, human displacement, radical responsibility, the power of beauty and the truth of poetry. Guided through these lines of thought the exhibition offers new tools to understand the relevance of Ai Weiwei’s artistic language, which comprises a wide array of art historical paradigms (such as the readymade) alongside more radical activist strategies, all of which are devoted to fathom the extremes of the contemporary human condition on a global scale. An impressive selection of works from the artist’s over three-decade career shall shed a light on Ai Weiwei as a preeminent figure within the contemporary art world.

Ai Weiwei | Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn, 1995 | Images courtesy of the artist, Private Collection
Ai Weiwei | Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn, 1995 | Images courtesy of the artist, Private Collection
Ai Weiwei | Han Dynasty Urn with Coca Cola Logo (silver), 2007 | Images courtesy of the artist, Private Collection
Ai Weiwei | Han Dynasty Urn with Coca Cola Logo (silver), 2007 | Images courtesy of the artist, Private Collection
Ai Weiwei | Surveillance Camera, 2010 | Images courtesy of the artist, Private Collection
Ai Weiwei | Surveillance Camera, 2010 | Images courtesy of the artist, Private Collection
Ai Weiwei | Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold (Dragon), 2010 | Images courtesy of the artist, Private Collection
Ai Weiwei | Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold (Dragon), 2010 | Images courtesy of the artist, Private Collection
Ai Weiwei | Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold (Tiger), 2010 | Images courtesy of the artist, Private Collection
Ai Weiwei | Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold (Tiger), 2010 | Images courtesy of the artist, Private Collection
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