11 Dec — 24 Apr

NGV International

Ground Level, Temporary Exhibitions

11 Dec 15 – 25 Apr 16

Multimedia Guide
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This major international exhibition features two of the most significant artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries: Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei.

Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei, developed by the NGV and The Andy Warhol Museum, with the participation of Ai Weiwei, explores the significant influence of these two exemplary artists on modern art and contemporary life, focusing 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 presents more than 300 works, including major new commissions, immersive installations and a wide representation of paintings, sculpture, film, photography, publishing and social media.

Presenting the work of both artists, the exhibition explores modern and contemporary art, life and cultural politics through the activities of two exemplary figures – one of whom represents twentieth century modernity and the ‘American century’; and the other contemporary life in the twenty-first century and what has been heralded as the ‘Chinese century’ to come.

Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei premieres a suite of major new commissions from Ai Weiwei, including an installation from the Forever Bicycles series, composed from almost 1500 bicycles; a major five-metre-tall work from Ai’s Chandelier series of crystal and light; Blossom 2015, a spectacular installation in the form of a large bed of thousands of delicate, intricately designed white porcelain flowers; and a room-scale installation featuring portraits of Australian advocates for human rights and freedom of speech and information.

logos-updated National Endowment for the Arts National Endowment for the Arts The Andy Warhol Museum Mecca Cosmetica Dulux 7 Broadsheet Yarra Trams Melbourne Airport Herald Sun Valmorgan Adshel Smoothfm Sofitel Vogue Lion Captial Tim Fairfax AC & Gina Fairfax Macquarie La Trobe University Qantas Higgins Mercedes-Benz EY Creative Victoria
Works in this exhibition are protected under the Australian Government's Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Scheme. Find out more.

Selected Works

Ai Weiwei
At the Museum of Modern Art 1987
from the New York Photographs series 1983–93
silver gelatin photograph
Collection of Ai Weiwei
© Ai Weiwei
Ai Weiwei
Chinese 1957–
Forever Bicycles, 2011, installation view at Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Image courtesy Ai Weiwei Studio
© Ai Weiwei
Andy WARHOL
Self-portrait no. 9 1986
synthetic polymer paint and screenprint on canvas
203.5 x 203.7 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of the National Gallery Women's Association, Governor, 1987
IC3-1987
© Andy Warhol/ARS, New York. Licensed by VISCOPY, Sydney
Ai Weiwei
Illumination 2014
digital lambda print
126.0 x 168.0 cm
Ai Weiwei studio
© Ai Weiwei
Christopher Makos
Andy Warhol in Tiananmen Square 1982
© Christopher Makos 1982, makostudio.com
Ai Weiwei
Williamsburg, Brooklyn 1983
from the New York Photographs series 1983‒93
silver gelatin photograph
Ai Weiwei Studio
© Ai Weiwei
Andy Warhol
American 1928–87
Campbell's Soup II: Tomato-Beef Noodle O's 1969
screen print on paper
88.9 x 58.4 cm
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
1998.1.2394.8
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ARS, New York. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney.
Ai Weiwei
Chinese 1957–
Coloured Vases 2006
Neolithic vases (5000-3000 BC) and industrial paint
dimensions variable
Ai Weiwei Studio
© Ai Weiwei
Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987)
Silver Liz [Ferus Type] 1963
silkscreen ink, acrylic, and spray paint on linen
101.6 x 101.6 cm
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
1998.1.55
© 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ARS, New York. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney.
Andy Warhol
Elvis 1963
synthetic polymer paint screenprinted onto canvas
208.0 x 91.0 cm
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 1973
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ARS © Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. Licensed by Viscopy
Andy Warhol
American 1928–87
Brillo Soap Pads Box 1964
silkscreen ink and house paint on plywood
43.2 x 43.2 x 35.6 cm
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
1998.1.706
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ARS, New York. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney.
Ai Weiwei
Chinese 1957–
Ton of Tea 2006
compressed pu’er tea
100.0 x 100.0 x 100.0 cm
Ai Weiwei Studio
© Ai Weiwei
Andy Warhol
American 1928–87
Self-Portrait 1966–67
and silkscreen ink on canvas
22 x 22 in. (55.9 x 55.9 cm.)
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
1998.1.809
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ARS, New York. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney.
Ai Weiwei
Chinese 1957–
Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn 1995
3 silver gelatin photographs
148.0 x 120.0 cm each (triptych)
Ai Weiwei Studio
© Ai Weiwei
© Ai Weiwei
Andy Warhol
Electric Chair 1967
synthetic polymer paint screenprinted onto canvas
137.2 x 185.1 cm
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 1977
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ARS. Licensed by Viscopy
Ai Weiwei
Chinese 1957-
S.A.C.R.E.D. Maquettes 2011 (detail)
fibreglass
(1–47) 95.0 x 480.0 x 480.0 cm (overall)
Ai Weiwei Studio
© Ai Weiwei
Andy Warhol
American 1928–87
Mao 1972
acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen
208.3 x 154.9 cm
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution Dia Center for the Arts
1997.1.21
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ARS, New York. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney.
Ai Weiwei
Chinese 1957–
Mao (Facing Forward) 1986
oil on canvas
233.6 x 193.0 cm
Private collection
Image courtesy Ai Weiwei Studio
© Ai Weiwei
Andy Warhol
Three Marilyns 1962
acrylic, silkscreen ink, and graphite on linen
35.6 x 85.1 cm
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ARS, New York. Licensed by Viscopy
Andy Warhol
American 1928–87
Andy Warhol, Screen Test: Edie Sedgwick [ST308] 1965
16mm film, black-and-white, silent, 4.6 minutes at 16 frames per second
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
© 2015 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved.
Andy Warhol
American 1928–87
Flowers 1970
screen print on paper
91.4 x 91.4 cm
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
1998.1.2395.10
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ARS, New York. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney.
Ai Weiwei
Chinese 1957–
With Flowers 2013–15
bicycle, flowers
Ai Weiwei Studio
© Ai Weiwei
Andy Warhol
American 1928–87
Gun 1981–82
acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen
177.8 x 228.6 x 3.2 cm
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
1998.1.274
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ARS, New York. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney.
Andy Warhol
American 1928–87
Jackie 1964
acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen
50.8 x 40.6 x 1.9 cm
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
1998.1.118
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc/ARS, New York. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney.
Andy Warhol
American 1928–87
You're In 1967
spray paint on glass bottles in printed wooden crate
Crate: 20.3 x 43.2 x 30.5 cm
Bottles (each): 20.3 x 5.7 cm
Diameter: 18.7 cm
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
1998.1.789a-x
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. /ARS, New York. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Ai Weiwei
Chinese 1957–
Neolithic Pottery with Coca Cola Logo 2007
paint, Neolithic ceramic urn
27.94 x 24.89 cm
Private collection
Image courtesy Ai Weiwei Studio
© Ai Weiwei
Andy Warhol
American 1928–87
Julia Warhola
American 1892–1972
So Happy 1950s
ink, graphite and aniline dye on paper
24.8 x 31.8 cm
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. (1998.1.1404)
© 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ARS, New York. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney.
Andy Warhol
American 1928–87
Cat Collage (from 25 Cats Name Sam and One Blue Pussy) c. 1954
ink, Dr. Martin's Aniline dye, and collage on Strathmore paper
73.7 x 58.4 cm
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
© 2015 Andy Warhol/ARS, New York. Licensed by VISCOPY, Sydney
Andy Warhol
American 1928–87
Cat inFront of Church c. 1959
ink, graphite, and Dr. Martin's Aniline dye on Strathmore Seconds paper
57.5 x 45.1 cm
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
1998.1.1035
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ARS, New York. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney.
Edward Wallowitch
American 1933–1981
Andy Warhol with Siamese Cat c. 1957
gelatin silver print
14.9 × 21.6 cm
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
1998.3.5212
© 2015 Estate of Edward Wallowitch, all rights reserved.
Andy Warhol
American 1928–87
Self-Portrait with Skull 1977
Polaroid™ Polacolor Type 108
10.8 x 8.6 cm
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
1998.1.2866
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ARS, New York. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney.
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Exploding Plastic Inevitable (EPI) gallery
© Abby Warhola
Andy Warhol
American 1928–87
Fabis Statue of Liberty 1986
acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen
127.0 x 177.8 cm
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
© 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ARS, New York. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney.
Andy Warhol
American 1928–87
Debbie Harry 1980
acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen
106.7 x 106.7 cm
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
1998.1.564
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ARS, New York. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney.

Texts

It’s the Pits! Andy Warhol and Pittsburgh

Dr Rodney Taveira United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney

“Pittsburgh’s rise to prominence was based on the rationalization of natural resources into a production process that sought to eliminate waste and create efficiencies of scale.” — Allen Dieterich-Ward, Beyond Rust: Metropolitan Pittsburgh and the Fate of Industrial America (2016) “Warhol’s productivity escalated after he discovered that he could make more money by having assistants […]

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Warhol’s Early Years

Dr Sylvia Harrison Honorary Research Associate, La Trobe University

Andy Warhol’s remarkable journey from son of humble, uneducated Carpatho-Rusyn immigrants to arguably the most important artist of the second half of the twentieth century began in the industrial city of Pittsburgh.  The two decades Warhol spent there proved formative in his artistic development and eventual evolution to a leading figure of the American Pop […]

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Friday Nights at NGV: Interview with James Chance and The Contortions

Carmen Angerer

We had a quick chat with Friday Nights at NGV headliner James Chance, in Australia for the first time, ahead of his performance this Friday at NGV. Describe your sound in 5 words or less? Jazz, Funk, Punk What’s your favourite gig you have played to date? The last one. What song do you wish […]

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Friday Nights at NGV: Interview with The Apartments

Gabriella Brydon

We interviewed The Apartments, who will be headlining Friday Nights at NGV on 1 January 2016. Describe your sound in 5 words or less? 2am, stars. No moonlight.  If your music was an artwork what would it look like? Rauschenberg’s “Estate”, 1963. Do you have a favourite artwork? Rauschenberg’s “Estate”, 1963. Way back then, R […]

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Friday Nights at NGV: Interview with Neon Indian

Gabriella Brydon

We interviewed Neon Indian, who will be headlining Friday Nights at NGV on 18 December 2015. Describe your sound in 5 words or less? Too Close 2 The Work If your music was an artwork what would it look like? Probably a blend of the movies of Ralph Bakshi, the zolo pattern work of Stotsass, […]

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Friday Nights at NGV: Interview with Moon Duo

Gabriella Brydon

We interviewed Sanae Yamada from Moon Duo, who will be headlining Friday Nights at NGV on 11 December 2015. Describe your sound in 5 words or less? Propulsive rock; movement desired. If your music was an artwork what would it look like? It would involve repeating patterns interacting with elements of the loose and abstract. […]

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