Lisson Gallery

Ai Weiwei

A global citizen, artist and thinker, Ai Weiwei moves between modes of production and investigation, subject to the direction and outcome of his research, whether into the Chinese earthquake of 2008 (for works such as Straight, 2008-12 and Remembering, 2009) or the worldwide plight of refugees and forced migrants (for Law of the Journey and his feature-length documentary, Human Flow, both 2017). From early iconoclastic positions in regards to authority and history, which included Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn and a series of middle-finger salutes to sites of power, Study of Perspective (both 1995), Ai’s production expanded to encompass architecture, public art and performance. Beyond concerns of form or protest, Ai now measures our existence in relation to economic, political, natural and social forces, uniting craftsmanship with conceptual creativity. Universal symbols of humanity and community, such as bicycles, flowers and trees, as well as the perennial problems of borders and conflicts are given renewed potency though installations, sculptures, films and photographs, while Ai continues to speak out publicly on issues he believes important. He is one of the leading cultural figures of his generation and serves as an example for free expression both in China and internationally.

Ai Weiwei was born in 1957 in Beijing and now lives and works in Berlin. He attended Beijing Film Academy and later, on moving to New York (1983–1993), continued his studies at the Parsons School of Design. Major solo exhibitions include K20/K21, Düsseldorf, Germany (2019); OCA, São Paulo, Brazil (2018); Corpartes, Santiago, Chile (2018); Mucem, Marseille, France (2018); PROA, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2017); Sakip Sabanci, Museum, Istanbul, Turkey (2017); Public Art Fund, New York, NY, USA (2017); Israel Museum, Jerusalem (2017); Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy  (2016); 21er Haus, Vienna, Austria (2016); Helsinki Art Museum, Finland (2016); Royal Academy, London, UK (2015); Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany (2014); Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN, USA (2013); Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C., USA (2012); Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan (2011); Tate Modern, London, UK (2010) and Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2009). Architectural collaborations include the 2012 Serpentine Pavilion and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Stadium, with Herzog and de Meuron. Among numerous awards and honours, he won the lifetime achievement award from the Chinese Contemporary Art Awards in 2008 and was made Honorary Academician at the Royal Academy of Arts, London in 2011. His human rights work has been recognised through the Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent in 2012 and Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award in 2015. 

Current and recent projects:

'Wo ist de Revolution?', K20/K21, Düsseldorf, Germany, 18 May - 1 September 2019


'Ai Weiwei: Unbroken', Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada, 28 February - 9th June 2019


Ai Weiwei
Iron Root, 2018
Cast iron 46 x 42 x 70 cm 18 1/8 x 16 1/2 x 27 1/2 in

Ai Weiwei
Shelter, 2014
Marble, 72 x 95 x 72 cm / 28 3/8 x 37 3/8 x 28 3/8 in

Ai Weiwei
Coca Cola Vase, 2017
Han Dynasty Vase (260 B.C. - 220 A.D.) and paint 27 x 27 x 36 cm / 10 5/8 x 10 5/8 x 14 1/8 in

Ai Weiwei
Wave, 2015
Porcelain, 18 x 48 x 37 cm / 7 x 18 7/8 x 14 1/2 in

Ai Weiwei
Iron Root, 2018
Cast iron 14 x 11 x 37 cm 5 1/2 x 4 3/8 x 14 5/8 in

Ai Weiwei
Odyssey, 2016
Wallpaper Dimensions variable

Ai Weiwei
Study of Perspective in Glass, 2018
Glass 12.1 x 9.8 x 10.5 cm 4 3/4 x 3 3/4 x 4 1/8 in ed. 1 of 100

Ai Weiwei
Fondation, 2015
Oak Wood and Stone 47 x 827.5 x 622.5 cm / 18 1/2 x 326 x 245 in.

Ai Weiwei
Bicycle Chandelier, 2015
Bicycles and glass crystal 500 x 430 x 430 cm / 197 x 169 x 169 in.

Ai Weiwei
Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn, 2015
LEGO bricks, Each panel: 230 x 192 x 3 cm / 90 1/2 x 75 1/2 x 1 1/8 in

Ai Weiwei
Tiger, Tiger, Tiger, 2015
Porcelain 1000 x 500 cm 393 3/4 x 196 7/8 in

Ai Weiwei
Tiger, Tiger, Tiger, 2015
Porcelain 1000 x 500 cm 393 3/4 x 196 7/8 in

Ai Weiwei
Surveillance Camera with Marble Stand, 2015
117.5 x 52 x 52 cm / 46 x 20 1/2 x 20 1/2 in.

Ai Weiwei
Pusher, Cao, 2014
Installation view Royal Academy, 2015 Dimensions variable

Ai Weiwei
Plate with Flowers, 2014
Porcelain 46 x 46 x 6.5 cm / 18 x 18 x 2 1/2 in.

Ai Weiwei
Study of Perspective, 1995-2011, 2014
Series of 40 b/w and colour c-prints / diasec Dimensions variable

Ai Weiwei
Porcelain Vase (Demonstrations), 2017
Porcelain, 52 x 50.5 x 50.5 cm / 20 3/8 x 19 7/8 x 19 7/8 in

Ai Weiwei
Forever, 2014
1254 Bicycles Dimensions variable

Ai Weiwei
Lantern, 2014
Marble 58 x 51 cm / 23 x 20 in.

Ai Weiwei
Iron Root, 2018
Cast iron 30 x 24 x 20 cm 11 3/4 x 9 1/2 x 7 7/8 in

Ai Weiwei
Han Dynasty Vases in Auto Paint, 2013
Han Dynasty vases (202 BC-202 AC) and paint 43 x 39 x 39 cm / 17 x 15 x 15 in. 46 x 42 x 42 cm / 18 x 16 1/2 x 16 1/2 in.

Ai Weiwei
Forever , 2013
Stainless steel bicycles in gilding 3 pairs 8 layers 282 x 317 x 207 cm / 111 x 125 x 81 1/2 in.

Ai Weiwei
S.A.C.R.E.D., 2011-2013
Six-part work composed of (i) S upper, (ii) A ccusers, (iii) C leansing, (iv) R itual, (v) E ntropy, (vi) D oubt. Six dioramas in fiberglass and iron Each: 377 x 197 x 148.4 cm / 148 1/2 x 77 1/2 x 58 1/2 in.

Ai Weiwei
S.A.C.R.E.D., 2011-2013
Six-part work composed of (i) S upper, (ii) A ccusers, (iii) C leansing, (iv) R itual, (v) E ntropy, (vi) D oubt. Six dioramas in fiberglass and iron Each: 377 x 197 x 148.4 cm / 148 1/2 x 77 1/2 x 58 1/2 in.

Ai Weiwei
S.A.C.R.E.D., 2011-2013
Six-part work composed of (i) S upper, (ii) A ccusers, (iii) C leansing, (iv) R itual, (v) E ntropy, (vi) D oubt. Six dioramas in fiberglass and iron Each: 377 x 197 x 148.4 cm / 148 1/2 x 77 1/2 x 58 1/2 in.

Ai Weiwei
S.A.C.R.E.D., 2011-2013
Six-part work composed of (i) S upper, (ii) A ccusers, (iii) C leansing, (iv) R itual, (v) E ntropy, (vi) D oubt. Six dioramas in fiberglass and iron Each: 377 x 197 x 148.4 cm / 148 1/2 x 77 1/2 x 58 1/2 in.

Ai Weiwei
S.A.C.R.E.D., 2011-2013
Six-part work composed of (i) S upper, (ii) A ccusers, (iii) C leansing, (iv) R itual, (v) E ntropy, (vi) D oubt. Six dioramas in fiberglass and iron Each: 377 x 197 x 148.4 cm / 148 1/2 x 77 1/2 x 58 1/2 in.

Ai Weiwei
S.A.C.R.E.D., 2011-2013
Six-part work composed of (i) S upper, (ii) A ccusers, (iii) C leansing, (iv) R itual, (v) E ntropy, (vi) D oubt. Six dioramas in fiberglass and iron Each: 377 x 197 x 148.4 cm / 148 1/2 x 77 1/2 x 58 1/2 in.

Ai Weiwei
Iron Tree, 2013
Installed dims: 710 x 710 x 628 cm / 279 1/2 x 279 1/2 x 247 in.

Ai Weiwei
Marble Rebar, 2012
81 x 50 x 21 cm / 32 x 20 x 8 in.

Ai Weiwei
F Size, 2012
Huali wood Diameter: 130cm / 51.2 in.

Ai Weiwei
Straight , 2008-2012

Steel rebar

Dimensions variable

Ai Weiwei
Straight , 2008-2012

Steel rebar

Dimensions variable

Ai Weiwei
Straight , 2008-2012

Steel rebar

Dimensions variable

Ai Weiwei
Sofa in Black, 2011
Marble 85 x 92 x 92 cm / 33 1/2 x 36 x 36 in.

Ai Weiwei
Trees, 2010
Tree sections Dimensions variable Installation at Royal Academy, 2015

Ai Weiwei
Divina Proportione, 2010
Huali Wood Diameter: 169 cm / 66 1/2 in.

Ai Weiwei
Untitled, 2010
Huali wood Diameter: 70 cm / 27 1/2 in. each

Ai Weiwei
Colored Vases, 2010
31 Han Dynasty vases and industrial paint Dimensions variable

Ai Weiwei
Table with two legs on the wall, 1997/2006
Qing dynasty wooden table, 125.4 x 99.1 x 125.4 cm / 49 3/8 x 39 x 49 3/8 in

Ai Weiwei
Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads, 2010
12 Bronze cast animal heads Dimensions variable

Ai Weiwei
Crystal Cube, 2014
Crystal, 100 x 100 x 100cm 39 3/8 x 39 3/8 x 39 3/8 in

Ai Weiwei
Moon Chests, 2008
Huali wood 320 x 160 x 80 cm each / 126 x 63 x 31 1/2 in. each

Ai Weiwei
Vases with Refugee Motif as a Pillar, 2017
6 stacked porcelain vases, 52 x 50.5 x 27 cm (each vase)/ 20 1/2 x 19 7/8 x 10 5/8 in

Ai Weiwei
Ghost Gu, 2007
Porcelain 28.5 x 35 x 35 cm / 11 x 13 2/3 x 13 2/3 in.

Ai Weiwei
Ghost Gu, 2007
Porcelain 28.5 x 35 x 35 cm / 11 x 13 2/3 x 13 2/3 in.

Ai Weiwei
Marble Doors, 2006
Marble 18 doors 210 x 80 x 6 cm each / 82 1/2 x 31 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. each

Ai Weiwei
Watermelon, 2006
Porcelain Diameter: 38 cm / 15 in.

Ai Weiwei
Sunflower Seeds, 2010
100 million hand painted ceramic seeds, Dimensions variable. © Ai Weiwei Studio; Courtesy of Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen. Photography by Achim Kukulies.

Ai Weiwei
Law of the Journey, 2017
Inflatable rubber boat with 258 oversize refugee figures, 6000 x 600 x 300 cm / 2362 1/4 x 236 1/4 x 118 1/8 in. Courtesy of the National Gallery, Prague

Ai Weiwei
Blue-and-White Porcelain Plate (Journey), 2017
Porcelain, 8.5 x 52 x 52 cm / 3 1/4 x 20 3/8 x 20 3/8 in

Ai Weiwei
Hanging Man in Porcelain, 2009
Porcelain in Huali wood frame with silver 50 x 43.5 x 3.5 cm / 20 x 17 x 1 1/3 in.

Exhibitions

  1. Ai Weiwei: Roots

    2 October – 2 November 2019

  2. Ai Weiwei: Fondation

    24 November 2016 – 7 January 2017

  3. Ai Weiwei: Roots and Branches

    5 November – 23 December 2016

  4. Ai Weiwei

    23 May – 19 July 2014

  5. Ai Weiwei: Disposition

    29 May – 15 September 2013

  6. Ai Weiwei

    12 April – 25 May 2012

  7. Ai Weiwei

    13 May – 16 July 2011

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