Ai Weiwei: Making Sense

Ai Weiwei,Design Museum

Ai Weiwei is one of the most significant and recognised artists working today. Known around the world for his powerful art and activism, Ai does not differentiate between disciplines: his practice glides across art, architecture, design, film, collecting and curating.

This major exhibition, developed in collaboration with the artist, will be the first to present his work as a commentary on design and what it reveals about our changing values. Through his engagement with material culture, Ai explores the tension between past and present, hand and machine, precious and worthless, construction and destruction.

The exhibition draws on Ai’s fascination with historical Chinese artefacts, placing their traditional craftsmanship in dialogue with the more recent history of demolition and urban development in China. The result is a meditation on value – on histories and skills that have been ignored or erased.

Discover some of the artist’s most important works displayed alongside collections of objects that have never been seen and new commissions made for the exhibition.

Please note:

Tickets for this exhibition are selling fast. When online tickets are sold out for the day, a limited number of tickets will still be available to purchase onsite on a first come first served basis. Booking in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment.

Duration 07 April 2023 - 30 July 2023
Times daily from 10:00 to 18:00. Open late on Saturdays until 21:00
Cost £16.80
Venue Design Museum
Address 224-238 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6AG
Contact 442038625900 / /