Perspectives: Ai Weiwei

May 12, 2012 – April 14, 2013

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC

Pavilion, Street Level Floor Plan

As part of the Perspectives series of contemporary Asian art, this exhibition features the monumental installation Fragments (2005) by the prolific and provocative artist Ai Weiwei (b. 1957, China). From large-scale installations, performances, and architectural design to photography and video, he deftly melds traditional materials and craftsmanship, local histories, and current events to creative incisive commentaries on the individual in today's society. His installation Fragments (2005) effectively subjects fragments from works that began hundreds of years ago to a simultaneously destructive and creative process, highlighting the bewildering reality that we live in the midst of a world undergoing rapid spatial and social transformation. Perspectives: Ai Weiwei is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Ai Weiwei: According to What? (October 4, 2012-February 24, 2013) and Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads (April 19, 2012-March 17, 2013) at the Hirshhorn Museum.