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Talk Auditorium

Ai Weiwei in conversation

Join multidisciplinary artist and activist Ai Weiwei in conversation with curator, broadcaster and Design Museum Director Tim Marlow.

Please note that this event is sold out.

Ai Weiwei, 2022 © Rick Pushinsky

Ai Weiwei, 2022 © Rick Pushinsky

What to expect

To celebrate the announcement of his exhibition at the Design Museum in April 2023, world-renowned artist Ai Weiwei joins us for an evening of discussion and debate. A creative whose work spans sculpture, video, architecture and activism, Ai Weiwei is one of the most influential visual artists of the 21st century.

Through a diverse body of works, Ai creates narratives around traditional craftsmanship, cultural censorship and the global powers that have shaped the contemporary political sphere, both in his native China and internationally. In conversation with Tim Marlow, they will explore Ai's historic relationship with design and architecture, and discuss the life and practice of an artist who has dedicated his career to freedom of expression.

This will also be a unique opportunity to hear the artist himself describe what to expect from the show, and to pose questions to Ai Weiwei in a live Q+A.

Ai Weiwei

Born in Beijing, Weiwei is renowned for making strong aesthetic statements that resonate with timely phenomena across today’s geopolitical world. From architecture to installations, social media to documentaries, the artist uses a wide range of mediums as expressions of new ways for his audiences to examine society and its values. Weiwei is the recipient of the 2015 Ambassador of Conscience Award from Amnesty International and the 2012 Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent from the Human Rights Foundation.

Tim Marlow

Marlow is Chief Executive, Director of the Design Museum in London. Formerly Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Arts and Director of Exhibitions at White Cube. Marlow sits on the Board of Trustees for the Imperial War Museum was awarded an OBE in 2019. Marlow has been involved in the contemporary art world as a curator, writer and broadcaster and has worked with some of the most important artists of our time to deliver a range programmes to bring a commitment to diverse exhibitions.

Booking information

Adult: £16
Concession: £14
Members: £12

Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Visit our terms & conditions page for further information.

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Ai Weiwei: Making Sense

The artist's first exhibition focusing on design will mix recent works with commissioned pieces inviting us into a meditation on value and humanity, art and activism.

Background image: Ai Weiwei, photograph by Rick Pushinsky.