Ai Weiwei: Dropping the Urn (Ceramic Works, 5000 BC – AD 2010)

October 15, 2011 - March 18, 2012

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK

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This display presents work by Beijing based artist Ai Weiwei, one of the most prominent artists working in China today. Featuring a selection of ceramic works, photographs and video this is a rare opportunity to view some of the most iconic works in the field of Chinese contemporary art.

Through his work Ai addresses issues pertinent to contemporary China; notably the loss of historic material culture due to rapid modernization and the effects of the global economy on traditional modes of production. His work also engages with broader themes, including perceptions of value, mass production and globalization.

Ai Weiwei: Dropping the Urn has been organized by Arcadia University Art Gallery and supported by The Pew Centre for Arts and Heritage through the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative.

This exhibition has been supported by the Friends of the V&A and Travel with the V&A: China.

We are grateful to the Secretary of State, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council for the generous provision of UK Government Indemnity for this exhibition.