Ai Weiwei, He Xie (detail), 2011. Collection of the artist. Installation view: Ai Weiwei: According to What? at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, 2012. Photo: Cathy Carver.
Dec. 4, 2013 - March 16, 2014
Ai Weiwei: According to What?
Ai Weiwei: According to What? is the first major international survey of this vital artist’s multifaceted artistic oeuvre. This exhibition reveals Ai’s practice as emerging from an ever-questioning dialogue with the social, political and cultural positions of his native China and the world at large. Ai (b. 1957) works in a range of media, including architecture and design, and this exhibition will feature work of the last 20 years, including photography and the large-scale sculptures for which the artist is best known. These sculptures, often made from modified found objects, suggest the irreverent nature of Ai’s project and reconfigure materials in new and evocative ways. With a broad formal range, Ai has continuously challenged possible meanings and modes of art making, most recently employing the Internet and its global reach as a platform for activism and expression. His provocative and beautiful works of art and architecture are an exploration of the transformative potential of contemporary art, which he said is “not a form but a philosophy of society.”
This exhibition is organized by Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, and Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). It is curated by Mami Kataoka, Mori Art Museum Chief Curator, and Tobias Ostrander, PAMM Chief Curator.
It is presented by Citi.
Ai Weiwei exhibit as monumental as Miami’s new Pérez museum
There couldn’t be a better exhibition to inaugurate the new Perez Art Museum Miami than the traveling solo retrospective from the famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Like the museum, Ai Weiwei: According To What? is monumental — physically huge, with a lot to say, and important for Miami.
The selection and presentation of artists, collections, and commissioned projects for PAMM is guided by the Museum’s mission to create dialogues across and through local, regional, and international contexts and to emphasize artists and projects that engage with traditions from the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America.