A major international exhibition featuring Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei, two of the most significant artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, will open at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Melbourne, in December 2015.

Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei, developed by the NGV and The Warhol, with the participation of Ai Weiwei, will explore the significant influence of these two exemplary artists on modern and contemporary life, focussing on the parallels, intersections and points of difference between the two artists’ practices. Surveying the scope of both artists’ careers, the exhibition at the NGV will present over 300 works, including major new commissions, immersive installations and a wide representation of paintings, sculpture, film, photography, publishing and social media, alongside a selection of previously unseen work. It will be the most comprehensive representation of the artist’s work in Australia to date.

Ai Weiwei commented, “I believe this is a very interesting and important exhibition and an honour for me to have the opportunity to be exhibited alongside Andy Warhol. This is a great privilege for me as an artist.”

As part of the exhibition Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei, NGV Kids will present a large-scale installation especially for children and families which highlights both artists’ love of cats. The dedicated installation will present drawings by Warhol selected from his small press books, Holy Cats and 25 Cats Name Sam and One Blue Pussy (c.1950), among other previously unseen works, and a series of photographic portraits of Warhol with his feline pets.

The Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei exhibition will be accompanied by a suite of three dynamic and visually-led publication formats: a deluxe collectors’ book in a presentation case, including an original limited-edition print by Ai Weiwei; a prestigious hardback edition; and sumptuous paperback volume. The major publications will explore the conceptual, formal, strategic and historical resonances between both artists’ work, and also feature a series of essays by international art experts, curators and scholars.

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
In collaboration with The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, USA
NGV, Melbourne, 11 December 2015 – 24 April 2016
For more information, visit www.ngv.vic.gov.au