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 forthcoming projects:

'Ai Weiwei: Bare Life', Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, USA, 28 September through to  5th January, 2020

'Ai Weiwei: The Mueller Report / Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen', Cahiers d'Art Revue, Paris, France, 16th October through to 21st December 2019

Iron Root

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

Shelter

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

All Fingers Must Point Down

Ai Weiwei
All Fingers Must Point Down, 2015
Bamboo and silk, 300 x 711 x 210 cm / 118 x 279 7/8 x 82 5/8 in

All Fingers Must Point Down

Ai Weiwei
All Fingers Must Point Down, 2015
Bamboo and silk, 300 x 711 x 210 cm / 118 x 279 7/8 x 82 5/8 in

Fly

Ai Weiwei
Fly, 2019
Cast iron, 173 x 396 x 288 cm / 68 x 155 7/8 x 113 3/8 in. Courtesy of Ai Weiwei Studio, Lisson Gallery and neugerremschneider

The Cover Page of The Mueller Report, Submitted to Attorney General William Barr by Robert Mueller on March 22, 2019

Ai Weiwei
The Cover Page of The Mueller Report, Submitted to Attorney General William Barr by Robert Mueller on March 22, 2019, 2019
Lego bricks, 462 x 346.5 x 3.1 cm / 181 7/8 x 136 3/8 x 1 1/8 in

Broken Wings In Dreams of Flying

Ai Weiwei
Broken Wings In Dreams of Flying, 2015
Bamboo and silk, 305 x 350 x 105 cm /120 x 137 3/4 x 41 1/4 in

Level

Ai Weiwei
Level, 2019
Cast iron, 198 x 434 x 237 cm / 77 7/8 x 170 3/4 x 93 1/4 in. Courtesy Ai Weiwei Studio, Lisson Gallery and neugerremschneider.

Coca Cola Vase

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

Wave

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

Iron Root

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

Odyssey

Ai Weiwei
Odyssey, 2016
Wallpaper Dimensions variable

All Fingers Must Point Down

Ai Weiwei
All Fingers Must Point Down, 2015
Bamboo and silk, 300 x 711 x 210 cm /118 x 279 7/8 x 82 5/8 in

The Navigation Route of the Sea Watch 3 Migrant Rescue Vessel, June 2019

Ai Weiwei
The Navigation Route of the Sea Watch 3 Migrant Rescue Vessel, June 2019, 2019
Lego bricks, 308 x 308 x 3.1 cm /121 1/4 x 121 1/4 x 1 1/8 in

Study of Perspective in Glass

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

Fondation

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

Bicycle Chandelier

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

Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn

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

Tiger, Tiger, Tiger

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

Tiger, Tiger, Tiger

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

Surveillance Camera with Marble Stand

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.

Pusher, Cao

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

Plate with Flowers

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

Study of Perspective, 1995-2011

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

Porcelain Vase (Demonstrations)

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

Forever

Ai Weiwei
Forever, 2014
1254 Bicycles Dimensions variable

Lantern

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

Iron Root

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

Han Dynasty Vases in Auto Paint

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.

Forever

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.

S.A.C.R.E.D.

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.

S.A.C.R.E.D.

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.

S.A.C.R.E.D.

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.

S.A.C.R.E.D.

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.

S.A.C.R.E.D.

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.

S.A.C.R.E.D.

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.

Iron Tree

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

Marble Rebar

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

F Size

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

Straight

Ai Weiwei
Straight , 2008-2012

Steel rebar

Dimensions variable

Straight

Ai Weiwei
Straight , 2008-2012

Steel rebar

Dimensions variable

Straight

Ai Weiwei
Straight , 2008-2012

Steel rebar

Dimensions variable

Sofa in Black

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

Trees

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

Divina Proportione

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

Untitled

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

Colored Vases

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

Table with two legs on the wall

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

Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads

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

Crystal Cube

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

Moon Chests

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

Vases with Refugee Motif as a Pillar

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

Ghost Gu

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

Ghost Gu

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

Marble Doors

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

Watermelon

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

Sunflower Seeds

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.

Law of the Journey

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

Blue-and-White Porcelain Plate (Journey)

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

Hanging Man in Porcelain

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.

Souvenir from Shanghai

Ai Weiwei
Souvenir from Shanghai, 2012
Installation view, 'Ai Weiwei: Bare Life', Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, MO, USA. Courtesy Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

Through

Ai Weiwei
Through, 2007
Installation view, 'Ai Weiwei: Bare Life', Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, MO, USA. Courtesy Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

Feet, 2010, and Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn

Ai Weiwei
Feet, 2010, and Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn, 2015
Installation view, 'Ai Weiwei: Bare Life', Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, MO, USA. Courtesy Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

Exhibitions

  1. Ai Weiwei: Roots

    Ai Weiwei: Roots

    2 October – 2 November 2019

  2. Ai Weiwei: Fondation

    Ai Weiwei: Fondation

    24 November 2016 – 7 January 2017

  3. Ai Weiwei: Roots and Branches

    Ai Weiwei: Roots and Branches

    5 November – 23 December 2016

  4. Ai Weiwei

    Ai Weiwei

    23 May – 19 July 2014

  5. Ai Weiwei: Disposition

    Ai Weiwei: Disposition

    29 May – 15 September 2013

  6. Ai Weiwei

    Ai Weiwei

    12 April – 25 May 2012

  7. Ai Weiwei

    Ai Weiwei

    13 May – 16 July 2011

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