In conversation with Ai Weiwei this December

Published:  November 30, 2015

Get up close and personal with one of the world’s most significant contemporary artist Ai Weiwei on 7 December at the Ai Weiwei In Conversation event to be held at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).  This ticketed event is held in conjunction with the opening of NGV’s major world-first exhibition Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei, which has been developed by the NGV in collaboration with The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh and Ai.



Ai Weiwei In Conversation, to be hosted by ABC TV journalist and presenter Virginia Trioli, will explore Ai’s artistic and philosophical approaches – from engaging with media and communications through constant documentation, to the creativity of the artist’s studio and artistic production. The conversation will also explore parallels in the work of Ai and Warhol, such as shared motifs in their work, their engagement with the readymade, the relationships between art, politics, economy and celebrity; and the documentation of contemporary society and everyday life.

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Ai Weiwei
Chinese born 1957–
Forever Bicycles 2011
Installation view at Taipei Fine Arts Museum 2011
Image courtesy Ai Weiwei studio
© Ai Weiwei

Ai will also be presenting several new major installations developed especially for the exhibition including floating works which will respond to Andy Warhol’s Silver Clouds 1966 and Cow Wallpaper 1966. Other commissions include a five metre-tall work from Ai’s chandelier series of crystal and light; Forever Bicycles 2015 (featured above), composed of more than 1800 bicycles marking the entrance of the exhibition; and Blossom, a spectacular new installation in the form of a bed of thousands of delicate white porcelain flowers.

Tickets to Ai Weiwei In Conversation will go on sale 10am Wednesday, 2 December, with an NGV members’ presale opening 10am the day prior.


Ai Weiwei in Conversation
When: Monday, 7 December
Venue: NGV International
Ticket prices: $50 Adult / $40 Member / $45 Concession

NGV members presale: 10am Tuesday 1 December
General sale: 10am Wednesday 2 December
Tickets on sale at

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