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A major international exhibition featuring two of the most significant artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries – Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei – will open at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Melbourne, in December 2015, and The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, in June 2016.
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.



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.
Cats have held a strong presence in the homes, studios and lives of both artists. In the 1950s Warhol lived with a herd of Siamese cats, all of whom, except for one, were named Sam. Warhol’s fondness for cats was captured in his early career ink-blot drawings and photography, as well as in books, posters and films. In Ai Weiwei’s studio over thirty cats have free reign and frequently appear in the artist’s social media and blog posts, as well as the artist’s interviews and reflections.
The dedicated installation will present drawings of cats 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.
Ai Weiwei will develop a project especially for children, reflecting his interest in cats for their independence and freedom, aloofness and twenty-first century status as internet memes. Warhol’s adoption of new technologies and use of photobooth images will also inform a multimedia interactive enabling young visitors to take a Warhol-inspired image which can be shared with friends and family via social media.
A children’s art book about the artists will be published to coincide with the exhibition as well as a ten-day summer festival, in January 2016.

When: From 11th December 2015 - 24th April 2016




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