Earlier this year I decided to do a quick sneaky trip over to Melbourne for a few days, to check out National Gallery of Victoria latest exhibition, Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei.
This collaboration between NGV, Andy Warhol Museum and Ai Weiwei was something of dreams. I first read about this partnership on Instagram and knew I had to make a quick dash over to see it for myself, and I wasn’t disappointed.
Peter had already seen it before me, however was kind enough to come along the second time. First walking into the museum, you are greeted by one of Weiwei latest pieces. Bicycle wheels staked up on each other and layered. The layering becomes almost like a vision mirage, the wheels outwardly or inwardly fading in and out.
Walking into the main exhibition was a delight, seeing both the works of Ai Weiwei and Warhol side by side and seeing the contrast and similarities in both artist work was fascinating. When we arrived there were a few people already inside and scoping the place out, even a school group was passing through its doors.
Ai Weiwei works on the 5000 BC China vases were on displayed, as well as Warhol famous Campbell’s soup can collection. One artist taking something that seems common, reinterpreting it, and then challenging the ideology of originality, while the other destroys it.
This was my first time seeing Ai Weiwei work, and recently watching a documentary on his life and his world wide exhibitions, it became clear he has a passion for his art to be interactive. One of the fun things to do in the exhibition was the balloons. Everyone was greeted in each of the three corridors within the building and was encouraged to play with balloons. They would float up and around, by the influence of fans, creating almost a light tornado’s of balloons.
One of my favourite parts of the exhibition was the flower room. There was a clear contrast between both of the artist. Warhol taking on a more pop culture approach with rich colours and rounded forms, while Ai Weiwei had a softer tone but bolder edged lines.
A highlight was seeing Ai Weiwei delicate works on a large scale, the porcelain flowers. Everyone, me included, was taking countless of photos and shots, they were so beautiful.
Also if you would fancy owning a piece of one of the porcelain flowers it will cost you, I instead settled for a book and postcards… as you do.
There is also a room with it’s walls, ceiling and floor all lined with LEGO, and you can go in and listen to the cracks you make as you walk over them.
The exhibition also has a digital aspect. There is a room, where you can sit down, rest your tired feet and listen to videos that Ai Weiwei and Warhol have done. Listen to their inspiring words, their passions and their conversation about society, politics and art.
The exhibition also has a children’s room, where kids can also create their own art. This is a great play room for adults, since there is an Andy Warhol theme photo booth.
There is not much time left for the exhibition, and its last day is on the 24 of April, and the NGV is open all week from 10am and 5pm. I would say give yourself at least 1.5hrs to see the exhibition.
$26 for Adults, $22.50 for concession and $10 for children (5-15years)
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It’s definitely something I would recommend any art groupie/admirer to attend. There is something for everyone, even if you just feel like strolling through, I say why not.
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